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Detection and characterization of Mycoplasma spp. and Salmonella spp. in free-living European tortoises (Testudo hermanni, Testudo graeca, and Testudo marginata).
J Wildl Dis 2011; 47(3):717-24JW

Abstract

Free-living and captive chelonians might suffer from upper respiratory tract disease (URTD), a pathology primarily caused by Mycoplasma agassizii. Wild tortoises can also be an important reservoir of Salmonella spp., which are commensal in the host reptile but are potential zoonotic agents. Between July 2009 and June 2010, we screened free-living European tortoises (spur-thighed tortoises Testudo graeca, Hermann's tortoises Testudo hermanni, marginated tortoises Testudo marginata) temporarily housed in a wildlife center in Italy. We molecularly characterized 13 Mycoplasma isolates detected in all Testudo spp. studied, and three PCR-positive animals showed typical URTD clinical signs at the time of sampling. Three Salmonella enterica serotypes (Abony, Potsdam, Granlo), already related to reptile-associated human infections, were also identified. These results highlight the potential role played by wildlife recovery centers in the spread and transmission of pathogens among wild chelonians and to humans.

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Dipartimento di Patologia e Clinica Veterinaria, Universitá di Sassari, Via Vienna 2, 07100, Sassari, Italy. roby112@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21719840

Citation

Lecis, Roberta, et al. "Detection and Characterization of Mycoplasma Spp. and Salmonella Spp. in Free-living European Tortoises (Testudo Hermanni, Testudo Graeca, and Testudo Marginata)." Journal of Wildlife Diseases, vol. 47, no. 3, 2011, pp. 717-24.
Lecis R, Paglietti B, Rubino S, et al. Detection and characterization of Mycoplasma spp. and Salmonella spp. in free-living European tortoises (Testudo hermanni, Testudo graeca, and Testudo marginata). J Wildl Dis. 2011;47(3):717-24.
Lecis, R., Paglietti, B., Rubino, S., Are, B. M., Muzzeddu, M., Berlinguer, F., ... Alberti, A. (2011). Detection and characterization of Mycoplasma spp. and Salmonella spp. in free-living European tortoises (Testudo hermanni, Testudo graeca, and Testudo marginata). Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 47(3), pp. 717-24.
Lecis R, et al. Detection and Characterization of Mycoplasma Spp. and Salmonella Spp. in Free-living European Tortoises (Testudo Hermanni, Testudo Graeca, and Testudo Marginata). J Wildl Dis. 2011;47(3):717-24. PubMed PMID: 21719840.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Detection and characterization of Mycoplasma spp. and Salmonella spp. in free-living European tortoises (Testudo hermanni, Testudo graeca, and Testudo marginata). AU - Lecis,Roberta, AU - Paglietti,B, AU - Rubino,S, AU - Are,B M, AU - Muzzeddu,M, AU - Berlinguer,F, AU - Chessa,B, AU - Pittau,M, AU - Alberti,A, PY - 2011/7/2/entrez PY - 2011/7/2/pubmed PY - 2011/9/16/medline SP - 717 EP - 24 JF - Journal of wildlife diseases JO - J. Wildl. Dis. VL - 47 IS - 3 N2 - Free-living and captive chelonians might suffer from upper respiratory tract disease (URTD), a pathology primarily caused by Mycoplasma agassizii. Wild tortoises can also be an important reservoir of Salmonella spp., which are commensal in the host reptile but are potential zoonotic agents. Between July 2009 and June 2010, we screened free-living European tortoises (spur-thighed tortoises Testudo graeca, Hermann's tortoises Testudo hermanni, marginated tortoises Testudo marginata) temporarily housed in a wildlife center in Italy. We molecularly characterized 13 Mycoplasma isolates detected in all Testudo spp. studied, and three PCR-positive animals showed typical URTD clinical signs at the time of sampling. Three Salmonella enterica serotypes (Abony, Potsdam, Granlo), already related to reptile-associated human infections, were also identified. These results highlight the potential role played by wildlife recovery centers in the spread and transmission of pathogens among wild chelonians and to humans. SN - 1943-3700 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21719840/Detection_and_characterization_of_Mycoplasma_spp__and_Salmonella_spp__in_free_living_European_tortoises__Testudo_hermanni_Testudo_graeca_and_Testudo_marginata__ L2 - http://www.jwildlifedis.org/doi/10.7589/0090-3558-47.3.717?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -