Invasive colonic entamoebiasis in wild cane toads, Australia

Cathy M. Shilton, Jan Šlapeta, Richard Shine, Gregory P. Brown*

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We detected a disease syndrome in free-ranging Australian cane toads involving atypical behavior and emaciation that is associated with a previously undescribed Entamoeba sp. that infiltrates the colonic lining, causing it to slough. The organism may become seasonally pathogenic when toads are under hydric and nutritional stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1541-1543
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes

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