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An outbreak of chlamydiosis in farmed Indopacific crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) : clinical communication

F.W. Huchzermeyer, E. Langelet, J.F. Putterill
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 79, No 2 | a253 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v79i2.253 | © 2008 F.W. Huchzermeyer, E. Langelet, J.F. Putterill | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 May 2008 | Published: 28 May 2008

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Abstract

An outbreak of chlamydiosis was diagnosed in hatchling and juvenile Indopacific crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) on a crocodile farm in Papua New Guinea. The outbreak was characterised by high mortality with hepatitis and exudative conjunctivitis. The agent appears to have been introduced with live wild-caught crocodiles, which are purchased routinely by the farm. Improved quarantine procedures and treatment with tetracycline led to a rapid reduction of losses on the farm.

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Chlamydia; Conjunctivitis; Crocodile; Crocodylus Porosus; Hepatitis; Tonsillitis

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