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Gousiekte in African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) : clinical communication

J.A. Lawrence, C.M. Foggin, L. Prozesky
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 81, No 3 | a142 | DOI: | © 2010 J.A. Lawrence, C.M. Foggin, L. Prozesky | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 May 2010 | Published: 18 May 2010

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Three African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) that died after capture and translocation from Mutirikwe Recreational Park in southern Zimbabwe showed macroscopic and microscopic lesions of cardiomyopathy compatible with a diagnosis of gousiekte. The buffalo had had access to Pavetta schumanniana, a plant that is known to cause gousiekte. Death was attributed to cardiac failure as a result of previous consumption of the plant, exacerbated by the stress of translocation.


African buffalo; cardiomyopathy; gousiekte; Mutirikwe Recreational Park; Zimbabwe; Pavetta schumanniana; Syncerus caffer


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