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Keratomycosis in captive red pandas (Ailurus fulgens): 2 cases

Hayley August Volk, Anu O’Reilly, Kate Bodley, Helen McCracken


Two cases of keratomycosis in captive red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) were diagnosed and treated at a zoo in Melbourne, Australia across a 9-year period. Both cases presented with severe unilateral ocular pain and stromal abscessation of the cornea. A superficial keratectomy was performed in both cases and the diagnosis was confirmed with either cytology or histopathology. Following surgery, a combination of oral, topical and subconjunctival medical therapy contributed to a successful outcome.

Keywords: Captivity, Fluconazole, Fungal keratitis, Melbourne, Red panda.
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