Lobomycosis as a Disease of the Atlantic Bottle-Nosed Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus Montagu, 1821)

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  • Communications Sciences Laboratory, Biocommunications and Marine Mammal Research Facility, University of Florida, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Mycology Division, Center for Disease Control, Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Yerkes Regional Primate Center, Emory University, Route 1, Box 122, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
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Skin lesions on an Atlantic bottlenosed dolphin, captured off the coast of Florida, were investigated and found to be histologically and microbiologically indistinguishable from those caused in humans by Loboa loboi. All attempts to isolate the etiologic agent or to transmit the infection to mice and monkeys ended in failure. Sight records of other suspected dolphin cases of lobomycosis in Florida waters are described along with citations of two previously confirmed and published dolphin infections.

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