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Abstract zur Publikation: Fatal Balamuthia mandrillaris infection in a gorilla – first case of balamuthiasis in Germany

Mätz-Rensing K, Kunze M, Zöller M, Roos C, Kiderlen AF, Ludwig C, Kaup FJ (2011): Fatal Balamuthia mandrillaris infection in a gorilla – first case of balamuthiasis in Germany.
J. Med. Primatol. 40 (6): 437-440. Epub Apr 18. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0684.2011.00479.x.

Background  A 12-year-old female western lowland gorilla died in a zoological garden in Germany after exhibiting general neurological signs.

Methods Balamuthia mandrillaris was identified as causative agent by indirect immunofluorescent staining of brain sections and confirmed by PCR and respective sequencing.

Results  The animal suffered from a chronic progressive necrotizing amebic meningoencephalitis.

Conclusion  This is the first case of Balamuthia amebic encephalitis in Germany.

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