Abstract

A wide range of serious, and oftentimes fatal, conditions has been observed in both free-living and captive populations of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) and are attributed, perhaps prematurely, to the koala retrovirus (KoRV). These maladies include lymphoma, leukaemia, and other bone marrow conditions, and the so-called koala AIDS. A variety of other conditions that involve disordered growth of cells and tissues, altered or inappropriate immune responses, and degenerative conditions may also be consequences of insertional mutagenesis, or other pathogenic mechanisms associated with KoRV infection. The list of potential KoRV-associated pathologies continues to grow, as more thorough and consistent approaches to clinical assessment and diagnosis are applied to wild and captive koalas.

 
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Hanger and Loader, 2014. Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., Online 24: 19–29
Author
Jon J. Hanger; Jo Loader
Year
2014
Title
Disease in wild koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) with possible koala retrovirus involvement
Serial Title
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online
Volume
24
Start Page
19
End Page
29
DOI
10.3853/j.1835-4211.24.2014.1609
Language
English
Date Published
30 May 2014
Cover Date
30 May 2014
ISSN
1835-4211 (online)
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
RETROVIRUS; ANIMAL DISEASE; VIROLOGY; MAMMALIA: MARSUPIALIA
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30 May 2014
Available Online
30 May 2014
Reference Number
1609
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