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1 December 2009 Detection of Salmonella in Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) During Two Relocation Efforts in Florida
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Two separate populations of threatened gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in Florida were found to carry Salmonella spp. during relocation efforts from Orange and St. Johns Counties to Walton County. The potentially zoonotic bacteria were detected using cloacal swabs for culture and PCR analysis. Although there was a difference in the amount of perceived clinical stress undergone in each group, the percentage of tortoises shedding Salmonella was not statistically significant between the cohorts (9% and 11%). All isolates underwent antibiotic sensitivity testing and were susceptible to 10 antibiotic compounds.

Lauren E. Charles-Smith, Gregory A. Lewbart, Matthew J. Aresco, and Peter Cowen "Detection of Salmonella in Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) During Two Relocation Efforts in Florida," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 8(2), (1 December 2009). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-0771.1
Received: 10 March 2009; Accepted: 1 September 2009; Published: 1 December 2009
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