Clostridium difficile Enterocolitis in a Captive Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) and Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)

Alexandra R. Armstrong, Arno Wünschmann, Lora H. Rigatti, Edwin C. Klein

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Abstract

Clostridium difficile is a well-documented cause of enterocolitis in several species, including humans, with limited documentation in New World nonhuman primates. We report several cases of C. difficile–associated pseudomembranous enterocolitis, including a case in a Geoffroy’s spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) and several cases in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). The histologic lesions included a spectrum of severity, with most cases characterized by the classic “volcano” lesions described in humans and several other animal species. C. difficile was isolated from the colon of the spider monkey, while the presence of toxin A or toxin B or of the genes of toxin A or B by polymerase chain reaction served as corroborative evidence in several affected marmosets. C. difficile should be considered a cause of enterocolitis in these species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-963
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary pathology
Volume56
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

Keywords

  • Ateles geoffroyi
  • Callithrix jacchus
  • Clostridium difficile
  • pseudomembranous enterocolitis

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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