Toxoplasmosis in Tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) in the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden (2006-2010)

Endre Sós, Alexandra Szigeti, Iva Fok, Viktor Molnár, K. Erdélyi, Edina Perge, Imre Biksi, János Gál

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Abstract

Smaller macropodid species (commonly referred to as wallabies) are extremely susceptible to toxoplasmosis: in most cases, infection with Toxoplasma gondii leads to death within a short time. Between June 2006 and July 2010, T. gondii was detected by immunohistochemical examination in six Tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) that died in the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden; in another four specimens histopathology revealed T. gondii-like organisms (which could not be differentiated from Neospora caninum solely by morphology), and in another 11 animals toxoplasmosis as the possible cause of death could not be excluded. The current zoo population of 12 Tammar wallabies was tested for T. gondii IgG antibodies by the modified agglutination test (MAT), with negative results. We suppose that most of the deaths were due to acute toxoplasmosis resulting from a recent infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-370
Number of pages10
JournalActa Veterinaria Hungarica
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2012

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Macropus eugenii
Macropodidae
toxoplasmosis
Toxoplasmosis
botanical gardens
Toxoplasma gondii
zoos
Toxoplasma
death
Animal Toxoplasmosis
Neospora
Agglutination Tests
Neospora caninum
agglutination tests
infection
histopathology
Cause of Death
Immunoglobulin G
antibodies
Gardens

Keywords

  • Macropus eugenii
  • marsupials
  • modified agglutination test
  • Tammar wallaby
  • toxoplasmosis

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  • veterinary(all)

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Toxoplasmosis in Tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) in the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden (2006-2010). / Sós, Endre; Szigeti, Alexandra; Fok, Iva; Molnár, Viktor; Erdélyi, K.; Perge, Edina; Biksi, Imre; Gál, János.

In: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica, Vol. 60, No. 3, 01.09.2012, p. 361-370.

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Sós, Endre ; Szigeti, Alexandra ; Fok, Iva ; Molnár, Viktor ; Erdélyi, K. ; Perge, Edina ; Biksi, Imre ; Gál, János. / Toxoplasmosis in Tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) in the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden (2006-2010). In: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica. 2012 ; Vol. 60, No. 3. pp. 361-370.
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