Molecular evidence of new variant Brucella in North Pacific common minke whales.

@article{Ohishi2004MolecularEO,
  title={Molecular evidence of new variant Brucella in North Pacific common minke whales.},
  author={Kazue Ohishi and Kiyotaka Takishita and Masaru Kawato and Ryoko Zenitani and Takeharu Bando and Yoshihiro Fujise and Yoshitaka Goto and Saburo Yamamoto and Tadashi Maruyama},
  journal={Microbes and infection},
  year={2004},
  volume={6 13},
  pages={1199-204}
}
Brucella, a causative agent of brucellosis, has been isolated recently from a variety of marine mammals. The molecular analysis of marine mammalian Brucella strains, without manifest pathology of brucellosis in the eastern North Atlantic, showed that they are distinct from terrestrial Brucella species. Previously, we reported abnormal gonads in common minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) in the western North Pacific and suggested the presence of Brucella infection in the whales in… CONTINUE READING