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Toxoplasma gondii infection in two common wombats (Vombatus ursinus).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16555559     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Toxoplasmosis is a common cause of death in wild and captive Australian marsupials, yet descriptions of clinical disease, diagnosis and pathological lesions are limited and incomplete. Infection with Toxoplasma gondii was diagnosed, using immunohistochemical techniques, following the acute death of a juvenile common wombat, Vombatus ursinus, that was being bottle raised by wildlife carers. This animal's cage mate developed dyspnoea, tachycardia and anorexia 3 weeks later. Serum was collected prior to euthanasia and necropsy examination. Pathological lesions in both animals were similar and toxoplasma cysts were seen in most organs examined but particularly in the neurological and respiratory systems. Serological testing of the second wombat supported the histological diagnosis and indicated that the tests have valuable roles in both diagnosing infections ante-mortem and in distinguishing between acute and chronic infections.
M P Hartley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian veterinary journal     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0005-0423     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust. Vet. J.     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-24     Completed Date:  2006-06-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370616     Medline TA:  Aust Vet J     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, 425 Werombi Road, Camden, New South Wales 2570.
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MeSH Terms
Agglutination Tests / veterinary
Animals, Wild
Antibodies, Protozoan / blood
Autopsy / veterinary
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay / methods,  veterinary
Fatal Outcome
Immunohistochemistry / veterinary
Marsupialia / parasitology*
Toxoplasma / immunology*,  isolation & purification
Toxoplasmosis, Animal / diagnosis*,  pathology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antibodies, Protozoan

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