Abstract

Koala retrovirus (KoRV)-related disease is a major suspected cause of death in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in zoos in North America. There are currently eleven zoos exhibiting koalas in North America. A mortality survey of these institutions indicated that mortalities directly related to KoRV (e.g., lymphoma, leukemia, anemia, bone marrow hypoplasia, osteochondromatosis) and mortalities suspected to be KoRV-related (e.g., immunosuppression, unusual opportunistic infections [e.g., Coccidioidomycosis], potentially other neoplasia) account for 41% of deaths. Testing of the living North American koala population for a recently reported, exogenous koala retrovirus variant (KoRV-B) identified four KoRV-B-positive individuals in a population of 54 koalas (7.4%).

 
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Short Form
Pye et al., 2014. Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., Online 24: 55–56
Author
Geoffrey W. Pye; Hao Qiang Zheng; William M. Switzer
Year
2014
Title
Retrovirus-related disease in zoo-based koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in North America
Serial Title
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online
Volume
24
Start Page
55
End Page
56
DOI
10.3853/j.1835-4211.24.2014.1615
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
1615
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