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

Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
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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.

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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.
First page 837
Last page 844