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Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock) Toxicosis in a Flock of Range Turkeys

A. A. Frank and W. M. Reed
Avian Diseases
Vol. 31, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1987), pp. 386-388
DOI: 10.2307/1590892
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1590892
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Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock) Toxicosis in a Flock of Range Turkeys
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Abstract

Five 20-week-old tom turkeys from a flock of range turkeys were presented for examination; the flock had a history of salivation, tremors, paralysis, and increased mortality. Necropsy revealed numerous seeds identified as seeds from Conium maculatum (poison hemlock) within the crop, proventriculus, and gizzard. Histopathologic alterations were limited to catarrhal enteritis. Clinical signs of Conium maculatum toxicosis abated after the turkeys were removed from their range, which was infested with poison hemlock. /// Se presentaron para examen 5 pavos machos de 20 semanas de edad provenientes de una parvada en semi-confinamiento con historia clínica de salivación excesiva, temblores, parálisis y mortalidad elevada. A la necropsia; en el buche, proventrículo y molleja se encontraron numerosas semillas de la planta Conium maculatum (cicuta). En el examen histopatológico se encontraron lesiones consistentes con una enteritis de tipo catarral. Los signos clínicos de intoxicación en la parvada desaparecieron después de que las aves fueron cambiadas del corral infestado con dicha planta.

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