Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

p. 181-182

Salmonella Carrau septicemia in a South American river turtle (Podocnemis expansa)

de Sousa, ElianeWerther, Karinde Freitas Raso, TâniaBerchieri Júnior, Ângelo

Dear Editor,Cold-blooded animals can harbor a wide variety of Salmonella serotypes in their intestine (2, 10). In chelonians some species of Salmonella are considered part of the intestinal flora of their hosts, without developing any clinical sign. However, in animals with compromised immune system, salmonellosis (zoonosis) can happen, causing important clinical disease (1, 5, 9). Pet turtles are frequently reported as responsible for salmonellosis in humans (11, 13). Salmonella species has also been detected in free-living turtles (5). [...]

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