Iron Storage Disease Alert

Jeffrey Kassel, Lynn R. Dustin, Brian L. Speer

Abstract


In recent years there has been evidence linking increasing numbers of the alarmingly frequent cases of early mortality in captive toucans and toucan-like birds with a condition known as Iron Storage Disease, or Hemochroruarosis. In most cases, the disease has no outward symptoms until an affected bird collapses and almost always dies shortly thereafter. For too many birds, life is being cur short to a fraction of the expected longevity.

Necropsies have revealed severe damage to the liver and certain other internal organs associated with an excess buildup of iron in the affected bird. Because....

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