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Journal of the South African Veterinary Association

On-line version ISSN 2224-9435
Print version ISSN 1019-9128

Abstract

BURGER, Monica; DU PLESSIS, Elizabeth C.; SULEMAN, Essa  and  GARDNER, Brett R.. Fatal disseminated toxoplasmosis in a zoological collection of meerkats (Suricata suricatta). J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. [online]. 2017, vol.88, n.1, pp.1-5. ISSN 2224-9435.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v88i0.1428.

Two confirmed cases of fatal disseminated toxoplasmosis occurred in an urban zoological collection of meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Both cases are suspected to be the result of feral cats gaining access to the enclosure. Toxoplasmosis has rarely been documented in meerkats. Subsequent to prophylactic treatment of all the animals and structural changes being implemented within the enclosure, no new cases have been recorded to date. Very little information is available on the disease in viverrids.

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