Health and disease

Barnes, Tamsin S., Palmieri, Chiara, Blyde, David and Ellis, William (2015). Health and disease. In Athol Klieve, Lindsay Hogan, Stephen Johnston and Peter Murray (Ed.), Marsupials and monotremes: nature's enigmatic mammals (pp. 315-358) New York, United States: Nova Science.

Author Barnes, Tamsin S.
Palmieri, Chiara
Blyde, David
Ellis, William
Title of chapter Health and disease
Title of book Marsupials and monotremes: nature's enigmatic mammals
Place of Publication New York, United States
Publisher Nova Science
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Series Animal Science, Issues and Research
ISBN 9781634834872
Editor Athol Klieve
Lindsay Hogan
Stephen Johnston
Peter Murray
Chapter number 8
Start page 315
End page 358
Total pages 44
Total chapters 11
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Marsupials and monotremes are susceptible to a range of infectious and non-infectious diseases. Some of these diseases are also found in eutherian mammals but the manifestation is different. Other diseases are unique to particular marsupial species. Monotremes may be more susceptible than eutherian mammals to infectious agents that survive best at lower temperatures, such as the fungus Mucor amphiborum that infects the platypus, because of their lower body temperature. Chlamydiosis is thought to play a role in the decline of koalapopulations. Infected animals may suffer from ocular, urinary tract or reproductivetract diseases. Devil facial tumour disease is an infectious cancer that is driving the Tasmanian devilpopulation towards extinction. These two latter diseases are of particular importance to wild populations of those species. Many macropodspecies are susceptible to stressor capture myopathy. The condition is of primary importance in captive macropods. A range of other diseases of parasitic, viral, bacterial, fungal, neoplastic and nutritional origin are also described with a focus on those conditions that differ between marsupials and eutherian mammals, are of direct importance to marsupial populations or where marsupials play an important role in the transmission to humans or domestic livestock.
Keyword Health
Tasmanian devil
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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