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Leech Infection Overview
Leech infection has been reported to occur in ducks. It should be considered an emergency condition and can be rapidly fatal to the bird. Leeches are visible to the naked eye however they may go undetected if they have already migrated inside of the duck. Usually they are seen protruding out of the duck's eyes (the conjunctiva just below the nictitating membrane) or from the nares. Infested ducks will usually appear distressed and irritated. They may frequently shake their heads and try cleaning their bill in the water, in an attempt to remove the leeches from their face. If leeches are feeding in the area around the eyes, affected ducks will usually also show signs of conjunctivitis and keratitis, possibly resulting in blindness. When the nasal cavity is affected, bleeding may occur from the duck's nostrils. Secondary infections caused by leeches are common.