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1 July 2009 Lacaziosis in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA
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The objective of this study was to document the presence of the fungal granulomatous skin disease lacaziosis in stranded Indian River Lagoon (IRL) bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). From 1 January 2007 through 31 December 2007, stranded dolphins from the northern part of the IRL were thoroughly examined, and appropriate tissue samples were collected. The intralesional fungal agent (Lacazia loboi) was identified histologically in three bottlenose dolphins. Histologically, lacaziosis has been previously documented in IRL dolphins inhabiting the southern portion of the lagoon. Our findings suggest that the disease occurs throughout the lagoon. Enhanced monitoring of the prevalence of lacaziosis in dolphins throughout the IRL is needed to assess changes in population health.

Durden, Leger, Stolen, Mazza, and Londono: Lacaziosis in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA
Wendy Noke Durden, Judy St. Leger, Megan Stolen, Teresa Mazza, and Catalina Londono "Lacaziosis in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45(3), 849-856, (1 July 2009). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-45.3.849
Received: 4 April 2008; Published: 1 July 2009
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