Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 494–497

Detection of specific antibodies to morbilliviruses, Brucella and Toxoplasma in the Black Sea dolphin Tursiops truncatus ponticus and the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas from the Sea of Okhotsk in 2002–2007

  • A. Yu. Alekseev
  • A. Yu. Reguzova
  • E. I. Rozanova
  • A. V. Abramov
  • Yu. V. Tumanov
  • I. N. Kuvshinova
  • A. M. Shestopalov
Ecology

DOI: 10.1134/S1063074009060078

Cite this article as:
Alekseev, A.Y., Reguzova, A.Y., Rozanova, E.I. et al. Russ J Mar Biol (2009) 35: 494. doi:10.1134/S1063074009060078
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Abstract

The prevalence of antibodies to morbilliviruses, Brucella and Toxoplasma was studied in the Black Sea bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus ponticus and the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas from the Sea of Okhotsk. The blood serum of 74 dolphins and 147 beluga whales was tested in 2002–2007. Antibodies to morbilliviruses were detected in 15 (20.3%) bottlenose dolphins and 20 (13.6%) beluga whales. Antibodies to Brucella were detected in 17 (23.0%) bottlenose dolphins and 10 (6.8%) beluga whales. Toxoplasma-specific antibodies were detected in 39 (52.7%) bottlenose dolphins and 7 (4.8%) beluga whales. Some animals had antibodies to two, or even three, of the pathogens. A high level of incidence of the pathogens in the sea animals was found in the densely populated coastal areas with high economic development.

Key words

Bottlenose dolphin beluga whale antibodies morbilliviruses Toxoplasma Brucella 

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Yu. Alekseev
    • 1
  • A. Yu. Reguzova
    • 1
  • E. I. Rozanova
    • 2
  • A. V. Abramov
    • 2
  • Yu. V. Tumanov
    • 1
  • I. N. Kuvshinova
    • 3
  • A. M. Shestopalov
    • 1
  1. 1.Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, RospotrebnadzorKoltsovo, Novosibirsk oblastRussia
  2. 2.Utrishskiy DolphinariumMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Vector-Best KoltsovoNovosibirsk oblastRussia

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