Entamoeba histolytica in my chicken?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ckseals, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. ckseals

    ckseals Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 4, 2009
    Rancho Cucamonga
    Had a fecal sample taken for one of my girls who was acting strange and they found Entamoeba histolytica. Anyone heard of it in chickens? I know it is found in humans and causes dysentery. What about in a chicken?
    Any thoughts?
  2. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2010
  3. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    as far as I know, this species is only in mammals- and human at that. other mammals get it from people. I would question whether the lab knew what species the sample was from, as the cyst can look like other protozoal organisms. If this was an in house test, I would ask for a sample to be sent to a reference laboratory familiar with exotic poop and parasites. Metronidazole kills amoebas, but I would get a trustable ID before medicating. I will look into this further, as I am curious!
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2010

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