Pulmonary aspergillosis in Humboldt penguins-Susceptibility patterns and molecular epidemiology of clinical and environmental Aspergillus fumigatus isolates from a Belgian zoo, 2017-2022 Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen
SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Captive Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius), Belgium Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen Universiteit Antwerpen
Two adult female hippos in Zoo Antwerp who were naturally infected with SARS-CoV-2 showed nasal discharge for a few days. Virus was detected by immunocytochemistry and PCR in nasal swab samples and by PCR in faeces and pool water. Serology was also positive. No treatment was necessary.
Semen collection, evaluation, and cryopreservation in the bonobo (Pan paniscus) Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen Universiteit Antwerpen
Captive breeding of bonobos (Pan paniscus) has proven to be successful, but maintaining genetic diversity remains a challenge. Cryopreservation of semen is an important potential tool to maintain genetic diversity by preserving current genetic material for future use, as well as facilitating the transport and exchange of genetic material. This study aimed to develop a protocol for semen collection and cryopreservation in the bonobo. Semen was ...
Presence of Broad-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae in Zoo Mammals Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen Universiteit Gent
Broad-spectrum beta-lactamase (BSBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae impose public health threats. With increased popularity of zoos, exotic animals are brought in close proximity of humans, making them important BSBL reservoirs. However, not much is known on the presence of BSBLs in zoos in Western Europe. Fecal carriage of BSBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae was investigated in 38 zoo mammals from two Belgian zoos. Presence of bla-genes was ...
Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus Is Omnipresent in Elephants in European Zoos and an Asian Elephant Range Country Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen
Elephant endotheliotropic herpesviruses (EEHVs) may cause acute, often lethal, hemorrhagic disease (EEHV-HD) in young elephants. Prevalence of EEHV in different elephant populations is still largely unknown. In order to improve diagnostic tools for the detection of EEHV infections and to obtain insight into its spread among elephants, we developed novel ELISAs based on EEHV1A gB and gH/gL. Performance of the ELISAs was assessed using sera from ...