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Chlamydia pecorum Infection in Free-ranging Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) on French Island, Victoria, Australia


Alistair R. Legione,1,7 Jemima Amery-Gale,1,2 Michael Lynch,3 Leesa Haynes,4 James R. Gilkerson,5 Fiona M. Sansom,1,6 and Joanne M. Devlin1,6

 

1 Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health, The University of Melbourne, Cnr. Park Dr. and Flemington Rd., Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia;

2 Australian Wildlife Health Centre, Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd., Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia;

3 Veterinary Department, Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave., Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia;

4 Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, 250 Princes Hwy., Werribee, Victoria 3030, Australia;

5 Centre for Equine Infectious Diseases, The University of Melbourne, Cnr. Park Dr. and Flemington Rd., Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia;

6 These authors contributed equally;

7 Corresponding author (email: )


ABSTRACT

We detected Chlamydia pecorum in two koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) from a closed island population in Victoria, Australia, previously free of Chlamydia infection. The ompA and multilocus sequence type were most closely related to published isolates of livestock rather than koala origin, suggesting potential crossspecies transmission of C. pecorum.

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  • 2013
  • Biogeography
  • Biology
  • Chlamydia
  • Diet
  • Disease
  • Ecology
  • Ellis
  • Eucalyptus
  • Genetics
  • Habitat
  • Infection
  • Interventions
  • Koala
  • Lunney
  • Threats
  • Timms
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