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1 April 2008 A Case of Visceral Leishmaniosis in a Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from Croatia
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The southern habitats of Croatia's gray wolf (Canis lupus) population are found in central and southern parts of Dalmatia. This region is recognized as an endemic region for canine visceral leishmaniosis, caused by Leishmania infantum. In November 2003, a 4-yr-old male gray wolf was found dead in the northwestern border of this endemic region. Pathologic and parasitologic analysis, confirmed by polymerase chain reaction, indicated that lesions associated with infection by Leishmania infantum are, in this case, typical for visceral leshmaniosis commonly described in dogs. Review of the literature suggests that this is the first reported case of gray wolf death due to lesions caused by L. infantum.

Beck, Beck, Kusak, Gudan, Martinković, Artuković, Hohšteter, Huber, Marinculić, and Grabarević: A Case of Visceral Leishmaniosis in a Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from Croatia
A. Beck, R. Beck, J. Kusak, A. Gudan, F. Martinković, B. Artuković, M. Hohšteter, Đ Huber, A. Marinculić, and Ž. Grabarević "A Case of Visceral Leishmaniosis in a Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from Croatia," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44(2), (1 April 2008). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-44.2.451
Received: 30 October 2006; Published: 1 April 2008
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