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Dermatophilus congolensis infection in platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), Tasmania, Australia, 2015


Lunn, T and Macgregor, J and Munks, S and Carver, S, Dermatophilus congolensis infection in platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), Tasmania, Australia, 2015, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 52, (4) pp. 965-967. ISSN 0090-3558 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.7589/2016-02-030R


We report disease due to Dermatophilus congolensis infection in three of 13 (23%) platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) from a catchment in Tasmania, Australia. This pathogen has not previously been reported in platypuses. Two of the three infected platypuses had extensive scab formations, but no substantial hair loss was apparent.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:platypus, disease ecology, epidemiology, dermatophilus
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Host-parasite interactions
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Disease distribution and transmission (incl. surveillance and response)
UTAS Author:Lunn, T (Miss Tamika Lunn)
UTAS Author:Munks, S (Dr Sarah Munks)
UTAS Author:Carver, S (Dr Scott Carver)
ID Code:113702
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-01-16
Last Modified:2019-06-11

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