Screening semen from koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) for Chiamydia species by PCR
T. J. BODETTI,1 S. JOHNSTON,2 A. POSPISCHIL,3 C. KNOX,1 P. TIMMS1
1 School of Life Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane 4001, Australia
2 School of Animal Studies, University of Queensland, Gatton 4343, Australia
3 Institute for Veterinary Pathology, University of Zurich, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland
Artificial insemination is a valuable method for facilitating genetic exchange between captive colonies of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) and for the maintenance of genetically important remnant populations. However, to reduce potential disease transmission, their semen needs to be screened for venereal diseases caused by organisms such as Chlamydia species. Semen samples from 11 koalas, eight of them with clinical signs of cystitis, were examined for the presence of Chlamydia by an optimised PCR assay. Chlamydia was detected in semen from seven of the 11 animals.