Epidemiological pattern of tattoo skin disease: a potential general health indicator for cetaceans.

  title={Epidemiological pattern of tattoo skin disease: a potential general health indicator for cetaceans.},
  author={Marie-Françoise Van Bressem and Koen Van Waerebeek and Francisco Javier Aznar and Juan Antonio Raga and Paul D Jepson and P{\'a}draig J. Duignan and Rob Deaville and Leonardo Flach and Francisco A. Viddi and John R. Baker and Ana Paula Madeira Di Beneditto and M{\'o}nica Echegaray and Tilen Genovo and J Gabriela Reyes and Fernando F{\'e}lix and R. M. Gaspar and Renata Raab Ramos and Vic M Peddemors and Gian Paolo Sanino and Ursula Siebert},
  journal={Diseases of aquatic organisms},
  volume={85 3},
The presence of tattoo skin disease (TSD) was examined in 1392 free-ranging and dead odontocetes comprising 17 species from the Americas, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Greenland. We investigated whether TSD prevalence varied with sex, age and health status. TSD was encountered in cetaceans from the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as well as in those from the North, Mediterranean and Tasman Seas. No clear patterns related to geography and host phylogeny were detected, except that prevalence… CONTINUE READING


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