DETECTION OF ANTIBODIES AGAINST Toxoplasma gondii AND Chlamydophila felis IN MALAYAN CIVETS (Viverra tangalunga), PALAWAN BEARCATS (Arctictis binturong whitei) and ASIAN PALM CIVETS (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) AT A WILDLIFE FACILITY IN QUEZON CITY, PHILS

Rey B. Oronan, Daphne A. Licuan, Dianne A. Licuan, Justine Paola S. Delos Santos, Emilia A. Lastica

Abstract


Philipp J Vet Anim Sci 2013, 39 (2): 287-292

Twelve captive civets composed of two Malayan Civets (Viverra tangalunga), four Palawan Bearcats (Arctictis binturong whitei) and six Asian Palm Civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) from the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau - Wildlife Rescue Center, Quezon City, Philippines were used in the study. Blood was collected and the presence of antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii and Chlamydophila felis were detected using an ELISA-based kit. Five out of 12 civets showed antibodies against T. gondii while two out of 12 showed antibodies against C. felis. The results of this study confirmed the presence of T. gondii and C. felis antibodies in captive civets in the wildlife facility. The zoonotic potential of these organisms should be investigated and management within the rescue center should be reviewed to minimize the occurrence of the organisms.


Keywords


Chlamydophila felis; civets; ELISA; Toxoplasma gondii; zoonosis

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