eCite Digital Repository

Leptospirosis in Tasmanian Devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) in Tasmania, 200812


Wynwood, SJ and Burns, M-A and Graham, GC and Weier, SL and McKay, DB and Peck, S and Craig, SB, Leptospirosis in Tasmanian Devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) in Tasmania, 2008-12, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 52, (3) pp. 636-641. ISSN 0090-3558 (2016) [Refereed Article]

Restricted - Request a copy

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2016 Wildlife Disease Association

DOI: doi:10.7589/2015-09-239


In 2014, we performed a diagnostic study of leptospirosis in Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) samples collected between 2008 and 2012 from wild and captive animals. Tasmanian devil populations have been declining because of a facial tumor disease since the 1990s, with ongoing investigations examining potential causative agents. Identifying other causative pathogens that may contribute additively to their decline is important to preserve current and future populations. We tested 81 Tasmanian devil serum samples and two tissue samples using PCR, microscopic agglutination test (MAT), and microsphere immunoassay (MIA). We found evidence of leptospirosis in Tasmanian devil populations across a wide geographic range of Tasmania. Antibodies to serovars in the serogroup Javanica, which are not considered endemic to Australia, were identified in 10 Tasmanian devils using MAT. We also identified serovar Celledoni serologically using the immunoglobulin G MIA and detected Leptospira in one sample using PCR.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Conservation, Leptospira, marsupial, microbiology, pathology, Tasmania, wildlife disease
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical microbiology
Research Field:Medical bacteriology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wynwood, SJ (Dr Sarah Prior)
ID Code:113066
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2016-12-09
Last Modified:2017-11-07

Repository Staff Only: item control page