IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

Neurological disease (?) in gray squirrels

ctfaulkn at utkvx.utk.edu ctfaulkn at utkvx.utk.edu
Thu Apr 28 22:27:32 EST 1994


In Article <Cow066.6qC at watserv2.uwaterloo.ca>
bugman at sciborg.uwaterloo.ca (Steve Smith) writes:
> gray squirrels that come to my bird [ stuff deleted ] have
>been exhibiting symptoms of possibly some neurological disorder,
>marked by ataxia, particularly of the hind limbs, odd postures of the
>head (crinked neck muscles) and general lack of coordination.
>
>Does anyone know if a disease with these features has been reported in
>squirrels and, if "yes", what it might be and is it transmissable to
>other wildlife or domestic animals?

Toxoplasma gondii is one protozoan that comes immediately to mind. You
might also consider Neospora caninum a closely related coccidian whose
lifecycle is unknown. Rebecca Cole at the Wildlife Disease Lab in Madison,Wisc
has done work with N. caninum for her dissertation work. As I understand it she
developed a Mab for diagnostic serology. Don't know her e mail address but 
you might contact her by voice. Good luck, keep us informed.

CT Faulkner, Univ of TN, Knoxville




More information about the Parasite mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net