A case of elk (Cervus elaphus) coccidiosis in Korea

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  • Yoon, Soon-Seek (National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service) ;
  • Bae, You-Chan (National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service) ;
  • Byun, Jae-Won (National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service) ;
  • Lee, Kyeong-Hyun (National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service) ;
  • Jang, Hwan (National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service) ;
  • Song, Jae-Young (National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service) ;
  • Wee, Sung-Hwan (National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service)
  • Accepted : 2010.06.07
  • Published : 2010.06.30


A thirty-five week old elk was referred for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) confirmation from Chungnam province in Korea. Necropsy revealed much bloody contents in the lumen of small and large intestines, and reddening of its mucosa. Microscopically, few coccidia showing various developmental stages were infiltrated in lamina propria of small intestine with granulomatous inflammation and congestion. They were identified as Eimeria spp. according to their location and morphological characteristics. Because fecal examination and oocyst culture were not available, the species of the Eimeria could not be confirmed. There were no detection of pathogenic bacteria such as clostridia and virus in intestinal contents. CWD was shown to be negative in immunohistochemistry test. In conclusion, it was the first Eimeria case detected in small intestine of Korean domestic elk as far as we know although Eimeria spp. were not the main cause of death.


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