Diseases of Tasmania’s free-living animals

Disease surveys carried out during 1962-65 are reported. Rabbits, water rats, Bennett’s wallabies, pademelon wallabies, and ravens were found to be potential reservoirs of infection by Toxoplasma. In kidney and liver sections of the wild fauna no leptospires were detected; this may be due, however, to the inefficiency of the method in detecting low infection rates. No evidence of infection was found in 27 bats examined for rabies. In a sero-logical survey involving 532 tests only three reactions were recorded. Of these one was doubtful; two were erysipelas reactions in deer. In later serological tests eight deer and two wallaby samples showed neutralizing antibodies to mucosal disease virus. A survey on the feet of deer has shown that deer can be affected by a condition resembling foot rot, but data at present available do not indicate that deer are important in the spread of ovine foot rot. Investigations of “limey-disease” of mutton birds showed it to be a uricaemia similar to the uraemia complex of domestic fowls. A lumbo-sacral dermatitis of brush possums was investigated; heavy flea infestations were present in many cases. Other conditions met with, of potential veterinary interest, are: Pasteurella pseudotuberculosis infection and sparganosis in water rats, Cysticercus fasciolaris in a velvet-furred rat, and muscular dystrophy in wild rabbits.

Author B. L. Munday
Year 1966
Secondary title Tasmanian Department of Agriculture, Research Bulletin
Volume 5
Pages 29 pp
Region TAS
Links https://www.cabdirect.org/abstracts/19672203332.html