Detection of Chlamydia pneumoniae in a collection of captive snakes and response to treatment with marbofloxacin.

Rüegg, S R; Regenscheit, Nadine; Origgi, Francesco; Kaiser, C; Borel, N (2015). Detection of Chlamydia pneumoniae in a collection of captive snakes and response to treatment with marbofloxacin. Veterinary journal, 205(3), pp. 424-426. Elsevier 10.1016/j.tvjl.2015.05.007

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In a collection of 58 snakes comprising predominantly Eurasian vipers in Switzerland, five snakes died unexpectedly during hibernation from 2009 to 2012. In one snake, organisms resembling chlamydiae were detected by immunohistochemistry in multiple histiocytic granulomas. Real-time quantitative PCR and microarray analysis were used to determine the presence of Chlamydia pneumoniae in tissue samples and cloacal/choanal swabs from snakes in the collection; 8/53 (15.1%) of the remaining snakes were positive. Although one infected snake had suppurative periglossitis, infection with C. pneumoniae did not appear to be associated with specific clinical signs in snakes. Of seven snakes treated with 5 mg/kg marbofloxacin IM once daily, five became PCR negative for C. pneumoniae following treatment, whereas one animal remained positive and one snake was lost to follow-up.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Animal Pathology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Center for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI)

UniBE Contributor:

Regenscheit, Nadine and Origgi, Francesco

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

1090-0233

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lucia Gugger-Raaflaub

Date Deposited:

19 Apr 2016 09:53

Last Modified:

19 Apr 2016 09:53

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.tvjl.2015.05.007

PubMed ID:

26049258

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Chlamydia pneumoniae; Diagnosis; Marbofloxacin; Snake; Treatment

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.80184

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/80184

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