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Treatment of Chlamydia-associated ocular disease via a recombinant protein  based vaccine in the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)


Courtney Waugh a, Ray Austin b, Adam Polkinghorne a, Peter Timms a, *


a Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, The University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
b Keen Street Veterinary Clinic, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

 

ABSTRACT

Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) are affected by debilitating chlamydial disease that can lead to blindness, infertility, and death. The causative agent is the intracellular bacterium Chlamydia pecorum. While antibiotics can be used to treat koala chlamydial infection, they are often ineffective or cause severe dysbiosis to the animal's unique gut flora. Recent work has progressed on the development of a protective vaccine for Chlamydia in the koala. This study demonstrates that the use of a vaccine can have a positive effect in koalas already with clinical signs of ocular disease, suggesting a possible therapeutic effect and an alternative to antibiotic therapy

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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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