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Conjunctivitis Associated with Chlamydia pecorum in Three Koalas
(
Phascolarctos cinereus
) in the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia


Oliver Funnell,1,5 Lynley Johnson,2 Lucy Woolford,3 Wayne Boardman,3 Adam Polkinghorne,4 and
David McLelland
2,3 1

Adelaide Hills Animal Hospital, 77 Mount Barker Road, Stirling, South Australia, 5152,
Australia;
2Zoos South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000, Australia; 3University of Adelaide, Roseworthy,
South Australia, 5371, Australia;
4Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of
Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, 4059, Australia;
5
Corresponding author (email: )


ABSTRACT:

Chlamydiosis is a significant factor contributing to the decline of koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) populations in Australia but
has not previously been reported in South Australia. We describe conjunctivitis in three wild koalas from South Australia, with
Chlamydia pecorum identified by quantitative PCR.