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Epidemiology of 'Candidatus Mycoplasma haemolamae’ infection in South American camelids in Central Europe


Kaufmann, C; Meli, M L; Hofmann-Lehmann, R; Riond, B; Zanolari, P (2011). Epidemiology of 'Candidatus Mycoplasma haemolamae’ infection in South American camelids in Central Europe. Journal of Camelid Science, 4:23-29.

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In this study we describe the prevalence of Mycoplasma haemolamae infection in South American camelids (SAC) located in central Europe (Switzerland and Germany). A newly developed real-time PCR assay was applied to detect M. haemolamae in SAC blood. Samples were collected from 225 llamas and alpacas and the prevalence was found to be 18.7% (n=42). Camelids bred domestically and imported from overseas were PCR-positive for M. haemolamae, though imported animals were more frequently positive. Older animals were significantly more likely to be infected compared to younger ones, but neither species, gender or health state were found to be statistically associated with infection. The study thereby raises questions about possible transmission routes between animals. Even though M. haemolamae doesn’t seem to be of high pathogenicity, it also needs to be considered as a possible cause of disease in SAC in Europe.

In this study we describe the prevalence of Mycoplasma haemolamae infection in South American camelids (SAC) located in central Europe (Switzerland and Germany). A newly developed real-time PCR assay was applied to detect M. haemolamae in SAC blood. Samples were collected from 225 llamas and alpacas and the prevalence was found to be 18.7% (n=42). Camelids bred domestically and imported from overseas were PCR-positive for M. haemolamae, though imported animals were more frequently positive. Older animals were significantly more likely to be infected compared to younger ones, but neither species, gender or health state were found to be statistically associated with infection. The study thereby raises questions about possible transmission routes between animals. Even though M. haemolamae doesn’t seem to be of high pathogenicity, it also needs to be considered as a possible cause of disease in SAC in Europe.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:16 Mar 2012 08:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:38
Publisher:International Society of Camelid Research and Development
ISSN:1999-8732
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.isocard.org/e_Library/Journal_of_Camelid_Science/JCS_2011_Volume_04/03_Epidemiology_of_Candidatus_Mycoplasma.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.isocard.org/e_Library/Journal_of_Camelid_Science/e_Library_JCS_Volume_4.htm
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-59407

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