[MARMAM] New publication: Detection of Toxoplasma gondii in three common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus); A first description from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Danny Morick dannymorick at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 00:41:38 PDT 2018

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share our recent publication in Veterinary Parasitology:

Detection of *Toxoplasma* *gondii* in three common bottlenose dolphins (
*Tursiops* *truncatus*); A first description from the Eastern Mediterranean

Eyal Bigal, Danny Morick, Aviad P.Scheinin, , Harold Salant, Asaf
Berkowitz, Roni King, Yaniv Levy, Mar Melero, José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno,
Oz Goffman, Nir Hadar, Mia Roditi-Elasar  and Dan Tchernov


*Toxoplasma gondii* has been described in several marine mammals around the
world including numerous species of cetaceans, yet infection and
transmission mechanisms in the marine environment are not clearly defined.
The Israel Marine Mammal Research and Assistance Center has been collating
a database of all marine mammal stranding events along the country’s
national coastlines since 1993. In this study, we describe the molecular
detection and characterisation of *T*. *gondii* in three common bottlenose
dolphins (*Tursiops* *truncatus*) including one case of coinfection with
herpesvirus. The animals were found stranded on the Mediterranean coast of
Israel in May and November 2013. In one of the three cases, the dolphin was
found alive and admitted to intensive care. To our knowledge, this is the
first report of *T*. *gondii* infection of marine mammals in the Eastern
Mediterranean Sea. As this parasite acts as an indicator for marine
pollution and marine mammal health, we believe these findings add important
information regarding the state of the environment in this region.


Best wishes,

Danny Morick
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