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Harasawa R.,The Iwate Research Center for Wildlife Diseases | Orusa R.,National Reference Center for Wild Animal Diseases | Giangaspero M.,University of Teramo
Journal of Wildlife Diseases | Year: 2014

We report detection of hemoplasma in wild Japanese badgers (Meles meles anakuma) and raccoon dogs (Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus). Sequence analysis of the entire 16S rRNA genes identified Mycoplasma haemocanis in the raccoon dog sample, and a potential novel Mycoplasma species in the Japanese badger. © Wildlife Disease Association 2014.


Giangaspero M.,Iwate University | Giangaspero M.,National Reference Center for Wild Animal Diseases | Nicholas R.A.J.,Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency Weybridge | Hlusek M.,Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency Weybridge | And 11 more authors.
Tropical Animal Health and Production | Year: 2012

Sheep flocks from Hokkaido, Iwate and Aomori, three northern prefectures of Japan, were screened for antibodies to Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae and Mycoplasma agalactiae by ELISA. Sixty four animals out of 246 (26%) were seropositive to M. ovipneumoniae, with positive results obtained from all three prefectures. None of the sera tested were serologically positive to M. agalactiae. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


Giangaspero M.,National Reference Center for Wild Animal Diseases | Giangaspero M.,Iwate University | Orusa R.,National Reference Center for Wild Animal Diseases | Nicholas R.A.J.,Veterinary Laboratories Agency Weybridge | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Wildlife Diseases | Year: 2010

In 2005 a Mycoplasma species was isolated from ocular-conjunctival swabs from an adult male Alpine ibex (Copra ibex) from the Valle d'Aosta Region, Northern Italy. The animal suffered from bilateral ocular discharge with diffuse inflammation, severe corneal involvement of the left eye and mild corneal opacity of the right eye. Histologic examination revealed a keratoconjunctivitis characterized by lymphocytic and plasmacellular infiltration. Laboratory investigations of the isolate included culture, transmission electron microscopy, PCR, and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, as well as DNA sequencing of the 16S rDNA gene. These tests identified the isolate as Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. capri large-colony serovar, an organism that has occasionally been associated with keratoconjunctivitis in goats. For a correct diagnosis, it is necessary to carry out laboratory investigations, as cunieal cases of keratoconjunctivitis in wild ruminants are not always ascribable to Mycoplasma conjunctivae. © Wildlife Disease Association 2010.

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