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Immunological evaluation of captive green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) with ulcerative dermatitis

Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

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DOI: 10.1638/2010-0228R4.1

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Abstract

Ulcerative dermatitis (UD) is common in captive sea turtles and manifests as skin erosions and ulcers associated with gram-negative bacteria. This study compared clinically healthy and UD-affected captive turtles by evaluating hematology, histopathology, immunoglobulin levels, and delayed-type hypersensitivity assay. Turtles with UD had significantly lower weight, reduced delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) responses, and higher heterophil:lymphocyte ratios. This study is the first to assay DTH in green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and suggests that UD is associated with immunosuppression.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Immunological evaluation of captive green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) with ulcerative dermatitis
Series title:
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
DOI:
10.1638/2010-0228R4.1
Volume
44
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
8 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
837
Last page:
844
Number of Pages:
8