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

December 1, 2013

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2013
Title Immunological evaluation of captive green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) with ulcerative dermatitis
DOI 10.1638/2010-0228R4.1
Authors Fernando Alberto Muñoz, Sergio Estrada-Parra, Andrés Romero-Rojas, Erik Gonzalez-Ballesteros, Thierry M. Work, Hector Villaseñor-Gaona, Iris Estrada-Garcia
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Series Number
Index ID 70068871
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center

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