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J Wildl Dis. 2013 Jul;49(3):632-6. doi: 10.7589/2012-06-165.

Meningoencephalitis and arthritis associated with Brucella ceti in a short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis).

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Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Polwhele, Truro, Cornwall TR4 9AD, UK.


Brucella species infection in marine mammal species has been reported to have a global distribution. In 2007, the description of Brucella ceti was published and formally adopted for those isolates originating from cetaceans and pathologic lesions similar to those seen in terrestrial mammals infected with Brucella spp. have been associated with its isolation. Brucella ceti infection specific to the central nervous system has been described in two species of cetacean: striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) in Europe and Costa Rica and an Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) in the UK. We describe the first report, to our knowledge, of B. ceti-associated meningitis and arthritis in a third species, the short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), in an animal that stranded in the UK.


Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency; Brucella ceti; Delphinus delphis; Institute of Zoology; United Kingdom; arthritis; isolation; meningitis

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