Journal article

Comparison of type I and type II Chlamydia psittaci strains infecting koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus).

AA Girjes, A Hugall, DM Graham, TF McCaul, MF Lavin

Veterinary Microbiology | Published : 1993

Abstract

The native Australian marsupial Phascolarctos cinereus, otherwise known as the koala, is prone to infection by the obligate intracellular parasite Chlamydia psittaci, which causes ocular 'pink eye' and urogenital 'dirty tail' diseases. Several chlamydial DNA probes to both chromosomal and plasmid sequences were used to type by Southern blot analysis 51 samples taken from wild and captive koalas from habitats on the eastern seaboard of Australia as far apart as Queensland and Victoria. Two types of C. psittaci were observed and called types I and II. Type II was found more frequently than type I and occurred in both ocular and urogenital samples, while type I showed a strong but not absolute ..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers