Journal article

Prevalence and Clinical Significance of Herpesvirus Infection in Populations of Australian Marsupials

Kathryn Stalder, Paola K Vaz, James R Gilkerson, Rupert Baker, Pam Whiteley, Nino Ficorilli, Liliana Tatarczuch, Timothy Portas, Kim Skogvold, Garry A Anderson, Joanne M Devlin



Herpesviruses have been reported in several marsupial species, but molecular classification has been limited to four herpesviruses in macropodids, a gammaherpesvirus in two antechinus species (Antechinus flavipes and Antechinus agilis), a gammaherpesvirus in a potoroid, the eastern bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) and two gammaherpesviruses in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). In this study we examined a range of Australian marsupials for the presence of herpesviruses using molecular and serological techniques, and also assessed risk factors associated with herpesvirus infection. Our study population included 99 koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), 96 eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), 50 T..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Ian Potter Foundation. PW works with Wildlife Health Surveillance Victoria and receives support from The Vizard Foundation. JMD is supported by a fellowship from the Australian Research Council. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.