Toxoplasmosis linked to dolphin deaths

by IDReC

IDReC researcher Dr Wendi Roe gave a talk at the IDReC Symposium this week entitled “Marine toxoplasmosis: from cat poo to kai moana?” The talk covered her latest research investigating toxoplasmosis and the deaths of Hector’s Maui’s dolphins. The presentation discussed cats as a source of toxoplasmosis and possible routes for environmental contamination.

Dr Roe also reported identifying two kaka, a kiwi and a kereru infected with the disease, and suggested that more research is needed on the effects of toxoplasmosis on ecology and humans.

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