Patent urachus with subsequent joint infection in a free-living Grevy's zebra foal

J Wildl Dis. 2003 Jan;39(1):244-5. doi: 10.7589/0090-3558-39.1.244.


A free-living, female Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi) foal was found lethargic, lame, with swollen joints, pyrexia, and urine dripping from the umbilicus. It died 2 days later despite intensive care. Gross examination revealed patent urachus and suppurative arthritis. Swabs were taken from the joints, the patent urachus, and urine for bacteriology. The dominant isolate was Escherichia coli. The joint infection was probably secondary to septicemia, resulting from the patent urachus. To our knowledge, this is the first report of neonatal patent urachus in a wild equid.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Animals, Wild
  • Arthritis, Infectious / etiology
  • Arthritis, Infectious / veterinary*
  • Bacteremia / complications
  • Bacteremia / etiology
  • Bacteremia / veterinary*
  • Equidae / abnormalities*
  • Equidae / embryology
  • Escherichia coli
  • Escherichia coli Infections / etiology
  • Escherichia coli Infections / veterinary*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Umbilicus / abnormalities
  • Urachus / abnormalities*
  • Urachus / microbiology