Genetic identification of an oxyurid from a captive, black-handed spider monkey—implications for treatment and control

Koehler, Anson V.; Borel, Stéphanie; Hoby, Stefan; Hentrich, Brigitte; Gottstein, Bruno; Gasser, Robin B. (2014). Genetic identification of an oxyurid from a captive, black-handed spider monkey—implications for treatment and control. Parasitology research, 113(9), pp. 3445-3448. Springer 10.1007/s00436-014-4013-7

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Parasites are of major clinical significance in captive primates in zoos, particularly those with direct life cycles. Oxyurid nematodes can be a persistent problem, as infection intensity and environmental contamination with infective eggs are usually high. Observations at the Basel Zoo in Switzerland have revealed that particularly black-handed spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) exhibit continuous oxyurid nematode infection(s), despite regular deworming with anthelmintics. In the present study, using a molecular approach, we were able to identify the nematode (Trypanoxyuris atelis) causing this ongoing problem, and we are now evaluating a practical treatment and control regimen to tackle this parasite problem.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Parasitology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)

UniBE Contributor:

Hentrich, Brigitte and Gottstein, Bruno

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0932-0113

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Bruno Gottstein

Date Deposited:

16 Feb 2015 11:58

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2015 09:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00436-014-4013-7

PubMed ID:

25070576

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.63064

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/63064

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