journal6 ›› 2012, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (6): 95-101.DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1007-2985.2012.06.022

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Pathogenic Escherichia Albertii Discovered in the Alpine Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster) in China


  1. (1.College of Biology and Environmental Sciences,Jishou University,Jishou 416000,Hunan China;2.The Authority of Xinglongshan National Natural Reserve,Lanzhou 730117,China;3.The School of Archaeology and Anthropology,Australia National University,2602 ACT,Australia;4.College of Life and Environmental Science,Mizu University of China,Beijing 100081,China)
  • Online:2012-11-25 Published:2013-01-14
  • About author:DING Yu-jing(1986-),female,was Born in Hanshou County,Hunan Province.M.D.;Research area are animal ecology and conservation biology
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Scientific Foundation of China (30570279)

Abstract: Musk deer (Moschus spp.) are peculiar to the Palearctic and of considerable value worldwide.The high mortality-rate of fawns,especially caused by diarrhea or enteritis,has severely hindered the development of Chinese musk deer farming.In this study,two strains of pathogenic Enterobacteriaceae were isolated from the intestinal contents of an Alpine Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster) which died from digestive diseases at Xinglongshan Musk Deer Farm,Gansu Province,China.They were identified as strains of Escherichia albertii,based on an integrated analysis of morphological,physiological and biochemical characteristics as well as phylogenetics of genetic sequences 16SrRNA.The results of antibiotic sensitivity tests showed that the sensitivities of the bacteria to different antibiotics varied.This might have resulted from the animal’s long treatment for colibacillosis by a fixed set of antibiotics,including penicillin G and tetracycline,which might have lost efficacy because of bacterial resistance.A feasible approach to controlling colibacillosis in future would be alternative use of antibiotics combined with other preventive measures.

Key words: Alpine Musk Deer(Moschus chrysogaster);Escherichia albertii, digestive disease

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