Polar Biology

, Volume 30, Issue 10, pp 1227–1229 | Cite as

Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) in Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus gazella

  • Jorge Hernandez
  • Valeria Prado
  • Daniel Torres
  • Jonas Waldenström
  • Paul D. Haemig
  • Björn Olsen
Original Paper


Rectal swabs were collected from Antarctic fur seal pups Arctocephalus gazella at Cape Shirreff, South Shetland Islands, and analyzed for the presence of anthropogenic pathogens. Two of the 33 pups tested positive for enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC). These samples are the first records of EPEC in Antarctic wildlife and suggest that more needs to be done to protect the Antarctic fauna from exotic anthropogenic pathogens.


Antarctic Peninsula Rectal Swab Fishing Vessel South Shetland Island Cloacal Swab 
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The Chilean Antarctic Institute (Project INACH 018) and the Swedish Polar Secretariat are greatly acknowledged for their support. The Swedish Research Council FORMAS (2001–1146) financially supported this study. Romeo Vargas collected the samples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Hernandez
    • 1
  • Valeria Prado
    • 2
  • Daniel Torres
    • 3
  • Jonas Waldenström
    • 1
    • 4
  • Paul D. Haemig
    • 1
  • Björn Olsen
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Section for Zoonotic Ecology and Epidemiology, Department of Biology and Environmental ScienceUniversity of KalmarKalmarSweden
  2. 2.Programa de Microbiologia, Instituto de Ciencias Biomedicas, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3.Departamento CientíficoInstituto Antártico ChilenoPunta ArenasChile
  4. 4.Department of Animal EcologyLund UniversityLundSweden
  5. 5.Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medical SciencesUppsala University HospitalUppsalaSweden

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