An atypical genotype of Toxoplasma gondii as a cause of mortality in Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori).

@article{Roe2013AnAG,
  title={An atypical genotype of Toxoplasma gondii as a cause of mortality in Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori).},
  author={Wendi D Roe and L Howe and Elizabeth Jean Baker and Leigh Burrows and Stuart A Hunter},
  journal={Veterinary parasitology},
  year={2013},
  volume={192 1-3},
  pages={
          67-74
        }
}
Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) are a small endangered coastal species that are endemic to New Zealand. Anthropogenic factors, particularly accidental capture in fishing nets, are believed to be the biggest threat to survival of this species. The role of infectious disease as a cause of mortality has not previously been well investigated. This study investigates Toxoplasma gondii infection in Hector's dolphins, finding that 7 of 28 (25%) dolphins examined died due to disseminated… CONTINUE READING
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