[MARMAM] Brucella ceti infection and PCBs in bottlenose dolphins

James Barnett james at bdmlr.org.uk
Tue Aug 16 15:26:48 PDT 2011

I would like to draw readers’ attention to the following paper recently published on line by the Veterinary Record

N. J. Davison, L. L. Perrett, R. J. Law, C. E. Dawson, E. J. Stubberfield,  R. J. Monies, R. Deaville, P. D. Jepson
Infection with Brucella ceti and high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) stranded in south-west England 

Abstract: Eight bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) that stranded in Cornwall, south-west England, between June 2004 and December 2007 were examined using standardised 
postmortem examination and bacteriological methods. Evidence of Brucella species infection was found in four of these dolphins on culture. In addition, of the eight dolphins, four were 
positive and two were weakly positive for antibodies to Brucella species on serological analyses of pericardial and other fluids using a competitive ELISA and two indirect ELISAs. 
High or very high levels of the sum of 25 individual chlorobiphenyl congeners (∑25CBs) were also determined in blubber samples from two of the dolphins (45.5 and 446.6 mg/kg lipid 
Veterinary Record 2011;169:14 Published Online First: 15 June 2011 doi:10.1136/vr.d2714 

James Barnett, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, james at bdmlr.org.uk

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