Detection of coxiella burnetii infection in a saharawi dorcas gazelle (gazella dorcas neglecta)

Teresa García-Seco, Marta Pérez-Sancho, Eva Martínez-Nevado, Julio Álvarez, Julián Santiago-Moreno, Joaquín Goyache, Lucas Domínguez, Nerea García

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Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever, can infect a wide range of host species, but limited information exists on the occurrence and implications of infection in wild species. This study describes a natural infection in a population of dorcas gazelles (Gazella dorcas) from a zoo. A 9-yr-old male Saharawi dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas neglecta) tested positive on enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and fecal polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Despite treatment with oxytetracycline, the animal did not clear the infection after 6 mo, as confirmed by a PCR test on a semen sample. This is the first report of a Saharawi dorcas gazelle infection with C. burnetii and the first time that C. burnetii was detected in semen from a zoo animal, suggesting the possibility of venereal transmission in captive wild species. This may have major implications for management of zoo populations, particularly in endangered species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)939-941
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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  • Coxiella burnetii
  • Gazella dorcas neglecta
  • Saharawi dorcas gazelle
  • semen
  • wild ruminants


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