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Detection and partial characterization of herpesviruses from Egyptian tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni) imported into Italy from Libya.
J Zoo Wildl Med 2009; 40(1):211-3JZ

Abstract

A group of approximately 370 Egyptian tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni) and 36 spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca) were illegally imported into Italy from Libya. Within 6 mo of their entry into Italy, all but 40 of the Egyptian tortoises had died with signs of severe stomatitis. Herpesviruses were detected from the tongues of seven Egyptian tortoises by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and virus isolation. Sequencing of a portion of the UL39 homologue of the herpesviruses from three different tortoises demonstrated that the viruses were identical to one another and identical to a herpesvirus isolated from a Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni) in Germany. This is the first description of the detection of a herpesvirus from diseased Egyptian tortoises. That these animals were imported into Europe from Libya provides circumstantial evidence for the presence of herpesviruses among tortoises in northern Africa.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institut für Umwelt- und Tierhygiene, Hohenheim University, Garbenstr. 30, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany. rachel.marschang@googlemail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19368266

Citation

Marschang, Rachel E., et al. "Detection and Partial Characterization of Herpesviruses From Egyptian Tortoises (Testudo Kleinmanni) Imported Into Italy From Libya." Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine : Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, vol. 40, no. 1, 2009, pp. 211-3.
Marschang RE, Papp T, Ferretti L, et al. Detection and partial characterization of herpesviruses from Egyptian tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni) imported into Italy from Libya. J Zoo Wildl Med. 2009;40(1):211-3.
Marschang, R. E., Papp, T., Ferretti, L., Hochscheid, S., & Bentivegna, F. (2009). Detection and partial characterization of herpesviruses from Egyptian tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni) imported into Italy from Libya. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine : Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, 40(1), pp. 211-3.
Marschang RE, et al. Detection and Partial Characterization of Herpesviruses From Egyptian Tortoises (Testudo Kleinmanni) Imported Into Italy From Libya. J Zoo Wildl Med. 2009;40(1):211-3. PubMed PMID: 19368266.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Detection and partial characterization of herpesviruses from Egyptian tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni) imported into Italy from Libya. AU - Marschang,Rachel E, AU - Papp,Tibor, AU - Ferretti,Luigi, AU - Hochscheid,Sandra, AU - Bentivegna,Flegra, PY - 2009/4/17/entrez PY - 2009/4/17/pubmed PY - 2009/5/12/medline SP - 211 EP - 3 JF - Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians JO - J. Zoo Wildl. Med. VL - 40 IS - 1 N2 - A group of approximately 370 Egyptian tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni) and 36 spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca) were illegally imported into Italy from Libya. Within 6 mo of their entry into Italy, all but 40 of the Egyptian tortoises had died with signs of severe stomatitis. Herpesviruses were detected from the tongues of seven Egyptian tortoises by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and virus isolation. Sequencing of a portion of the UL39 homologue of the herpesviruses from three different tortoises demonstrated that the viruses were identical to one another and identical to a herpesvirus isolated from a Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni) in Germany. This is the first description of the detection of a herpesvirus from diseased Egyptian tortoises. That these animals were imported into Europe from Libya provides circumstantial evidence for the presence of herpesviruses among tortoises in northern Africa. SN - 1042-7260 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19368266/Detection_and_partial_characterization_of_herpesviruses_from_Egyptian_tortoises__Testudo_kleinmanni__imported_into_Italy_from_Libya_ L2 - http://www.bioone.org/doi/10.1638/2008-0045.1?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -