Disseminated mycotic infection caused by Colletotrichum acutatum in a Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempi)

Charles A. Manire, Howard L. Rhinehart, Deanna A. Sutton, Elizabeth H. Thompson, Michael G. Rinaldi, John D. Buck, Elliott Jacobson

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Abstract

Colletotrichum acutatum is a cosmopolitan plant pathogen with a wide host range. While the organism's phytopathogenic potential has been well documented, it has never been reported as an etiologic agent of disease in either animals or humans. In this case, a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempi, probably with immune compromise following cold stunning (extended hypothermia), developed a disseminated mycotic infection in the lungs and kidneys. Prophylactic treatment with oral itraconazole did not prevent or cure the infection. This report of a Colletotrichum acutatum infection in an animal extends the range of disease caused by this organism beyond that of a phytopathogen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4273-4280
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume40
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2002

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Manire, C. A., Rhinehart, H. L., Sutton, D. A., Thompson, E. H., Rinaldi, M. G., Buck, J. D., & Jacobson, E. (2002). Disseminated mycotic infection caused by Colletotrichum acutatum in a Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempi). Journal of clinical microbiology, 40(11), 4273-4280. https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.40.11.4273-4280.2002