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      Reported causes of death of captive killer whales (Orcinus orca).

      Journal of wildlife diseases

      growth & development, Whales, Sex Factors, veterinary, Pneumonia, Mediastinal Diseases, Male, Female, Chediak-Higashi Syndrome, Cetacea, Arteriosclerosis, Animals, Zoo, Animals, Abscess

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          Inquiries were made to all oceanaria that maintain killer whales in North America. Causes of death determined at necropsy included mediastinal abscesses, pyometra, pneumonia, influenza, salmonellosis, nephritis, Chediak-Higashi syndrome, fungus infection, ruptured aorta, cerebral hemorrhage and a perforated post-pyloric ulcer. Captive females appear to have a higher rate of mortality than males. Growth rates for whales that died were greater than for those that survived.

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