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1 January 1998 PARAMYXOVIRAL AND REOVIRAL INFECTIONS OF IGUANAS ON HONDURAN ISLANDS
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Thirty-five free-ranging healthy spiny-tailed iguanas (31 Ctenosaura bakeri, 4 C. similis) and 14 green iguanas (Iguana iguana rhinolopha) were caught and held in captivity for 2 days. Blood was collected from all animals and their sera were evaluated for antibody titres against reptilian reoviruses, reptilian paramyxoviruses, and avian paramyxovirus-1 (PMV-1). Cloacal and pharyngeal swabs also were collected and examined for viral content by incubation on chicken embryo fibroblasts (CEF) and terrapene heart cells (TH-1). No virus was isolated from the pharyngeal and cloacal swabs on CEF and TH-1. Twenty-three (47%) of 49 sera samples tested positive for reptilian reoviruses by virus neutralization tests. Twenty (41%) of 49 samples had antibodies against one reptilian PMV isolate by virus neutralization tests and 3 (9%) of 34 by hemagglutination inhibition tests. No antibodies were detected against the other PMV isolate of reptilian origin nor against avian PMV-1. This is the first description of serum antibodies against reptilian reoviruses and PMV in wild iguanas.

Gravendyck, Ammermann, Marschang, and Kaleta: PARAMYXOVIRAL AND REOVIRAL INFECTIONS OF IGUANAS ON HONDURAN ISLANDS
Marcus Gravendyck, Peter Ammermann, Rachel E. Marschang, and Erhard F. Kaleta "PARAMYXOVIRAL AND REOVIRAL INFECTIONS OF IGUANAS ON HONDURAN ISLANDS," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 34(1), 33-38, (1 January 1998). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-34.1.33
Received: 16 January 1997; Published: 1 January 1998
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