Parasites and pathogens in wild populations of water voles (Arvicola amphibius) in the UK

Merryl Gelling*, David W. Macdonald, Sandra Telfer, Trevor Jones, Kevin Bown, Richard Birtles, Fiona Mathews

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Abstract

The water vole (Arvicola amphibius) is Britain's most endangered mammal, having gained protection under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in 2008. We present an overview of a range of naturally occurring pathogens and parasites in this rare species, which might negatively impact population persistence for small or declining populations. Wild water voles were live-captured in 2004 and 2006 from sites throughout the UK and were screened for a range of pathogens. These included: Puumala virus, Campylobacter spp., Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, Leptospira spp., Bartonella spp., Toxoplasma gondii, Giardia spp., Cryptosporidium spp., Babesia microti and Trypanosoma spp. E. coli was the most prevalent with 46/74 (62. 2%; 95% CI, 51-73) individuals infected. One vole was co-infected with seven different pathogens whilst 20% of individuals were pathogen-free.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-619
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Wildlife Research
Volume58
Issue number3
Early online date13 Oct 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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Puumala virus
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Babesia microti
Escherichia coli
Bartonella
Trypanosoma
Giardia
Leptospira
Cryptosporidium
Salmonella enterica
Campylobacter
Toxoplasma gondii
rare species
United Kingdom
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Keywords

  • Co-infection
  • Pathogen
  • Water vole
  • Wildlife disease

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  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Parasites and pathogens in wild populations of water voles (Arvicola amphibius) in the UK. / Gelling, Merryl; Macdonald, David W.; Telfer, Sandra; Jones, Trevor; Bown, Kevin; Birtles, Richard; Mathews, Fiona.

In: European Journal of Wildlife Research, Vol. 58, No. 3, 06.2012, p. 615-619.

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Gelling, Merryl ; Macdonald, David W. ; Telfer, Sandra ; Jones, Trevor ; Bown, Kevin ; Birtles, Richard ; Mathews, Fiona. / Parasites and pathogens in wild populations of water voles (Arvicola amphibius) in the UK. In: European Journal of Wildlife Research. 2012 ; Vol. 58, No. 3. pp. 615-619.
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