Journal article

Pathogenicity in six Australian reptile species following experimental inoculation with Bohle iridovirus

E Ariel, W Wirth, G Burgess, J Scott, L Owens

Diseases of Aquatic Organisms | INTER-RESEARCH | Published : 2015

Abstract

Ranaviruses are able to infect multiple species of fish, amphibian and reptile, and some strains are capable of interclass transmission. These numerous potential carriers and reservoir species compound efforts to control and contain infections in cultured and wild populations, and a comprehensive knowledge of susceptible species and life stage is necessary to inform such processes. Here we report on the challenge of 6 water-associated reptiles with Bohle iridovirus (BIV) to investigate its potential pathogenicity in common native reptiles of the aquatic and riparian fauna of northern Queensland, Australia. Adult tortoises Elseya latisternum and Emydura krefftii, snakes Boiga irregularis, Den..

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We gratefully acknowledge J. Miller, G. Hutchinson and P. Ladds for scientific advice; A. and P. Freeman from Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm, for donation of crocodile hatchlings; I. Bell and M. Hero for help with catching keelback snakes; and anonymous reviewers for useful suggestions. The study was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Research Award. Polyclonal rabbit anti-EHNV antibody was kindly provided by Professor R. Whittington, University of Sydney, Australia.