Serologic evidence of nonfatal rabies exposure in a free-ranging oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) in Cotapata National Park, Bolivia

Sharon L. Deem, Rolan Davis, Luis F. Pacheco

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Abstract

A clinically healthy free-ranging oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) was live-trapped in Boliva in 2000. Based on serology, we concluded that this animal was exposed to feline panleukopenia virus, Toxoplasma gondii, and rabies virus. The rabies virus-neutralizing antibody titer (>70 IU/ml) in this oncilla was unusual for an asymptomatic animal exposed to street virus and at a level expected in animals exposed to a large amount of virus, clinically affected, or vaccinated. Based on a subsequent 18 mo of radiotracking, we concluded that the oncilla had a nonfatal exposure to rabies virus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-815
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bolivia
  • Feline panleukopenia virus
  • Leopardus tigrinus
  • Oncilla
  • Rabies
  • Serology
  • Toxoplasma gondii

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