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1 January 1987 SEROLOGIC SURVEY FOR SELECTED MICROBIAL PATHOGENS OF WOLVES IN ALASKA, 1975–1982
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Serum samples were collected from 116 wolves which were captured in southcentral Alaska during 1975 through 1982. Antibodies to the following infectious disease agents were found: infectious canine hepatitis virus—72 of 87 (81%), canine parvovirus type 2—0 of 55 (0%) through 1979 and 10 of 32 (31%) after 1979, Francisella tularensis— 16 of 67 (25%), canine distemper virus—10 of 83 (12%), Coxiella burnetti—5 of 95 (5%), rabies virus—1 of 88 (1%), Brucella spp.—1 of 67 (1%), Leptospira interrogans—1 of 82 (1%). Apparently rabies, brucellosis, and leptospirosis were rare and had little effect on the wolf population. Conversely, the other five infections were comparatively common and may have had a negative impact on the health of specific individual wolves, but did not appear to influence the health of the population.

Zarnke and Ballard: SEROLOGIC SURVEY FOR SELECTED MICROBIAL PATHOGENS OF WOLVES IN ALASKA, 1975–1982
Randall L. Zarnke and Warren B. Ballard "SEROLOGIC SURVEY FOR SELECTED MICROBIAL PATHOGENS OF WOLVES IN ALASKA, 1975–1982," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 23(1), 77-85, (1 January 1987). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-23.1.77
Received: 12 March 1986; Published: 1 January 1987
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