At higher magnification, the pattern of patchy distribution of a bronchopneumonia is seen. The consolidated areas here very closely match the pattern of lung lobules (hence the term “lobular” pneumonia).A bronchopneumonia is classically a “hospital acquired” pneumonia seen in persons already ill from another disease process. Typical bacterial organisms include: Staphylococcus aureusKlebsiella, E. coliPseudomonas.


Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Hatajiri Bay, Japan
Date of Capture: February 9, 1997
Age at Capture: Approx. more than 9 years

On February 9, 1997, a group of ten Orcas were captured in Hatajiri Bay in Japan. While five of the whales were released, two males and three females were kept.

One unnamed female, who was thought to be pregnant due to her size, was sent to Nanki Shirahama Adventure World with both males - one unnamed, and the other known as Kyu.

The park already owned 3 Orcas who were apparently very curious about the newcomers.

In April 1997, the female allegedly suffered a miscarriage, though there are no credible sources to confirm this.

Finally, on June 17, 1997, the female died due to Bronchopneumonia after only 4 months in captivity. She died just 3 days after the unnamed male.

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Pathogens, Vol. 4, Pages 22-33: Aetiology of Acute Lower Respiratory Infections among Children Under Five Years in Accra, Ghana

The study aimed to investigate the aetiological agents and clinical presentations associated with acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI) among children under five years old at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana. This was a cross-sectional study carried from February to December 2001. Nasopharyngeal aspirates and venous blood specimens obtained from 108 children with features suggestive of ALRI, were cultured and the isolated bacterial organisms were identified biochemically. Nasopharyngeal aspirates were also tested for Respiratory Syncitial Virus (RSV) antigen using a commercial kit (Becton Dickinson Directigen RSV test kit). A multiplex reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) was also used to detect and characterize RSV using extracted #RNA. Socio-demographic and clinical data were also obtained from the study subjects. Bronchopneumonia (55.5%), bronchiolitis (25%), lobar pneumonia (10.2), non-specific ALRI (4.6%), TB, bronchitis and respiratory distress (0.67%) were diagnosed. The prevalence of septicaemia was 10% and bacteria isolated were Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and enteric bacteria, including Salmonella spp., Enterobacter spp and Klebsiella spp, were isolated. Out of the 108 cases, 18% tested positive for RSV, with two cases having RSV as the only aetiological pathogen detected. The subtyping analysis of RSV strains by a multiplex RT-PCR showed that subgroups A and B circulated in the season of analysis. #MDPI