Disease conditions and subclinical infections of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus).

  title={Disease conditions and subclinical infections of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus).},
  author={Barry L. Munday and Richard J Whittington and Niall Stewart},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={353 1372},
Before the arrival of European settlers in Australia, the platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, probably suffered from little disease. Among other things, European settlement has involved substantial environmental perturbation, introduction of large predators, introduction of motor vehicles and translocation of potential pathogens. As a result, platypuses are now killed by motor vehicles, dogs, foxes and discarded plastic litter. Information programmes targeting appropriate segments of the public… CONTINUE READING


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