lechuguilla fever

variants: or less commonly lechuguilla poisoning

Definition of lechuguilla fever

: a serious intoxication occurring in sheep and goats in the southwestern U.S. as a result of their feeding on a lechuguilla (Agave lecheguilla) and involving necrosis of the liver and kidney accompanied by jaundice and in light-skinned animals photosensitization and dermatitis

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“Lechuguilla fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lechuguilla%20fever. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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