Articles | Volume 2, issue 1
Primate Biol., 2, 9–12, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-2-9-2015
Primate Biol., 2, 9–12, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-2-9-2015

Short communication 24 Apr 2015

Short communication | 24 Apr 2015

Unique case of disseminated toxoplasmosis and concurrent hepatic capillariasis in a ring-tailed lemur: first case description

N. Siskos1,2, K. Lampe1, F.-J. Kaup1, and K. Mätz-Rensing1 N. Siskos et al.
  • 1German Primate Center, Pathology Unit, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2Laboratory of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract. A unique co-infection with Toxoplasma gondii and Capillaria hepatica is reported in a semi-free-living ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). In this case acute toxoplasmosis, characterised by severe necrotising inflammation in different organs, was the leading cause of death, whilst accompanying chronic capillariasis was regarded as a predisposing factor. A concise description of both disease manifestations is given.

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In this paper, a co-infection with Toxoplasma gondii and Capillaria hepatica in a ring-tailed lemur is described. As a protozoan parasite, T. gondii can affect nearly all warm-blooded species, causing toxoplasmosis. In lemurs, toxoplasmosis has severe clinical manifestations leading to death. C. hepatica also affects a broad range of mammals, causing hepatic capillariasis. Although it is not known to be lethal, its potential predisposition to toxoplasmosis in our case is of great interest.