Prevalence of <i>Devriesea agamarum</i> in the lizard collection of The Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp.
In recent times, Devriesea agamarum is more frequently diagnosed as the causative organism of dermatitis in lizards, particularly in spiny-tailed lizards (Uromastyx sp.). Other lizard species such as bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) are known as asymptomatic carriers posing a potential threat to the healthy animals in a collection. This study reports on the isolation and phenotypic identification of D. agamarum from six healthy jeweled curly-tailed lizards (Leiocephalus personatus) in the reptile collection of the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp. Two clinical cases were presented in the same study period: a frilled lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) and a Philippine sailfin lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus). These animals had abscesses in their beaks from which rich growth of D.agamarum was obtained. It was concluded from this study that a quarantine programme for newly acquired animals is important to detect healthy carriers and prevent the spread of infection.
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