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Nasitrema attenuata (Trematoda) infection of Tursiops truncatus and its potentialities as an aetiological agent of chronic pulmonary lesions
Kumar, V.; Vercruysse, J.; Kageruka, P.; Mortelmans, J. (1975). Nasitrema attenuata (Trematoda) infection of Tursiops truncatus and its potentialities as an aetiological agent of chronic pulmonary lesions. J. Helminthol. 49(4): 289-292. hdl.handle.net/10.1017/S0022149X00026298
In: Journal of Helminthology. Cambridge University Press: London. ISSN 0022-149X, more
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  • Kumar, V.
  • Vercruysse, J.
  • Kageruka, P.
  • Mortelmans, J.

Abstract
    Two cases of Nasitrema sp (Trematoda) infection of the bottlenosed dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, are reported and N. attenuata is briefly redescribed. The adults of the trernatode occurring in the nasal sinuses and posterior nasal passage of the dolphins are considered as practically harmless for the host but their eggs, aspirated deep into the bronchial tree, may initiate a foreign-body type of inflammatory reaction in the lungs and continuous aspiration of such eggs may provoke a chronic pneumonic condition.

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