Health condition of juvenile Chelonia mydas related to fibropapillomatosis in southeast Brazil

Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
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Abstract

Packed cell volume (PCV), plasma biochemistry, visual body condition (BC), and calculated body condition index (BCI) were evaluated in 170 wild juvenile green sea turtles Chelonia mydas from an aggregation in the effluent canal of a steel mill in Brazil. Occurrence of cutaneous fibropapillomatosis (FP) was observed in 44.1% of the animals examined. BCI alone did not differ significantly between healthy animals and those afflicted with FP. However, all turtles with low BCI were severely afflicted and were uremic, hypoglycemic, and anemic in relation to healthy animals. Severe FP was not always reflected by a poor health condition of the individual. Clinical evaluation and plasma biochemistry indicated that most animals afflicted with FP were in good health condition. Differences in FP manifestations and associated health conditions in different geographic regions must be assessed by long-term health monitoring programs to help define priorities for conservation efforts.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Health condition of juvenile Chelonia mydas related to fibropapillomatosis in southeast Brazil
Series title Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
DOI 10.3354/dao02883
Volume 115
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Inter-Research Science Center
Publisher location Oldendorf, Germany
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 9 p.
First page 193
Last page 201
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N