Koala immunology and infectious diseases: How much can the koala bear?

@article{Madden2018KoalaIA,
  title={Koala immunology and infectious diseases: How much can the koala bear?},
  author={Danielle Madden and Alessandra D Whaite and Elizabeth A. Jones and Katherine Belov and Peter Timms and Adam Polkinghorne},
  journal={Developmental and comparative immunology},
  year={2018},
  volume={82},
  pages={
          177-185
        }
}
Infectious diseases are contributing to the decline of the iconic Australian marsupial, the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Infections with the obligate intracellular bacteria, Chlamydia pecorum, cause debilitating ocular and urogenital-tract disease while the koala-retrovirus (KoRV) has been implicated in host immunosuppression and exacerbation of chlamydial pathogenesis. Although histological studies have provided insight into the basic architecture of koala immune tissues, our understanding… CONTINUE READING
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