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Prevalence of Devriesea agamarum in the lizard collection of The Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp

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In recent times, Devriesea agamarum has been diagnosed more frequently as the causative organism of dermatitis in lizards, particularly in spiny-tailed lizards (Uromastyx sp.). Other lizard species such as bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) are known to be asymptomatic carriers, posing a potential threat
to the healthy animals in a collection. This study reports on the isolation and phenotypic identification of D. agamarum from six healthy jewelled curly-tailed lizards (Leiocephalus personatus) in the reptile collection of the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp. Two clinical cases were presented in the same study period: a frilled lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) and a Philippine sailfin lizard (Hydrosaurus
pustulatus). These animals had abscesses in the oral cavity from which a rich growth of D. agamarum was obtained. It was concluded from this study that a quarantine programme for newly acquired animals is important to detect healthy carriers and prevent the spread of infection.
Tijdschrift: Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research
Issue: 3
Volume: 2
Pagina's: 88-91
Jaar van publicatie:2014