Aeromonas dhakensis pneumonia and sepsis in a neonate Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus from the Mediterranean Sea

Lola Pérez, M. Lourdes Abarca, Fadua Latif-Eugenín, Roxana Beaz-Hidalgo, M. José Figueras, Mariano Domingo

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Abstract

© Inter-Research 2015, www.int-res.com. A neonate Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus was found stranded alive on a beach in Catalonia, Spain. Rehabilitation attempts were unsuccessful and it died 2 d later, showing pneumonia and sepsis. A pure bacterial culture was obtained from all tissues and blood and identified as Aeromonas hydrophila using the API 20NE. However, sequencing the rpoD gene showed that the strain in fact belongs to A. dhakensis, making this the first report of fatal haemorrhagic-necrotizing pneumonia and sepsis due to this species in a marine mammal. The A. dhakensis strain GMV-704 produced β-haemolysis, possessed several virulence genes and showed sensitivity to several antimicrobials. This study provides a new potential host for A. dhakensis, and its potential virulence in dolphins and its presence in the marine environment may warrant considering this species a potential threat to marine mammals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
JournalDiseases of Aquatic Organisms
Volume116
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Aeromonas dhakensis
  • Dolphin
  • Grampus griseus
  • Pneumonia
  • RpoD
  • Sepsis
  • Virulence

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