Leptospirosis terminal en un mono lanudo (Lagothrix lagothricha) en Colombia A captive woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha) displayed severe lethargy. Primates. Apr;57(2) doi: /s Epub Feb Fruits eaten by woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagothricha) at local and. Schweiz Arch Tierheilkd. ;(9) The woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha): a possible model for human hypertension research. Müller M.

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Terminal leptospirosis in a woolly monkey Lagothrix lagothricha in Colombia. Leptospirosis lagothricua en un mono lanudo Lagothrix lagothricha en Colombia.

Sc, Miryam Astudillo H, 1 M. A captive woolly monkey Lagothrix lagothricha lagotgricha severe lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. The monkey was humanely euthanized and the necropsy revealed a multifocal tubulointerstitial glomerulonephritis; in addition to splenic lymphoid depletion, and interstitial pneumonia, all of which are compatible with leptospirosis.

Rodent control and biosecurity measures should be done at all zoological collections in order to prevent transmission to facility personnel and to threatened mammals maintained in captivity. Leptospirosis is lagothircha most widespread rat-borne zoonosis in tropical regions, also affecting mammals other than the maintenance host in tropical regions 1,2caused by pathogenic serovars of the spirochete Leptospira spp.

Transmission occurs through direct or indirect routes with contaminated bodily fluids from domestic maintenance hosts such as Rattus spp.

Fatalities typically arise due to renal-vascular dysfunction that leads to renal, cardiac, or respiratory failure 3. Naturally acquired infection with Leptospira is uncommon in non-human primates 4with only scant reports of seroreactivity in wild primates 5 and asymptomatic seroconversion occurring in primates in zoos 6,7.

However, captivity-associated confinement of non-native species may increase exposure to peridomestic reservoirs, promoting pathogen transmission potential to animals and personnel 6. This report details a clinical case of leptospirosis in a captive woolly monkey Lagothrix lagothricha.

A zoo-born, adult 8 kg male woolly monkey Lagothrix lagotricha had been part of the collection of the Zoological Foundation of Cali, Colombia, since The monkey was a dominant male that shared the laogthricha with other members of the same species. In Junethe monkey was reported to be severely lethargic, vomiting and passing diarrhea.

On day one, anesthesia was performed in order to conduct a physical examination, and to collect blood for a complete blood count, serum biochemistry, serology, and urine for a dark-field examination and urinalysis. Antibiotic and supportive treatment was also administered under anesthesia. The monkey lqgothricha moderate lagothrucha with unremarkable values of both mean corpuscular volume and mean corpuscular hemoglobin, indicating a normocytic normochromic anemia characterized by severe poikilocytosis and polychromasia, with many echinocytes, and moderate Howell-Jolly bodies, in addition to leukopenia with moderate neutropenia.

Of interest, the biochemical panel revealed hypoalbuminemia and hypocalcemia. We also detected marked increment of alanine transaminases and severe increase of creatinine and Latothrix Table 1. On day two, blood was drawn once more to monitor kidney function and as a treatment follow-up. There was a marked increase of creatinine These antibodies are produced during the acute phase of the disease, but may remain detectable for longer periods 2.

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However, diagnosis was reached considering a positive ELISA result in combination with clinical presentation and epizootiology. Urine dark field microscopy was negative for the presence of spirochetes. Due to unresponsiveness to treatment and clinical deterioration, the monkey was euthanized.

In Colombia, euthanasia is performed by qualified veterinarians by administering intravenously 1 mL of a solution of sodium penthobarbital and sodium difenilhidantoine per 5 kg total body weight.

The first compound acts as a non-selective central nervous system depressant and the latter is an anti-convulsant. This procedure offers a calm, rapid and humane death. Necropsy revealed presence of abundant abdominal adipose tissue, in addition to free blood in thorax and abdomen.

The kidneys Figure 1 and lungs contained diffuse pinpoint hemorrhages; the latter also had atelectic foci and the trachea was edematous. No gross lesions were found in the spleen, liver, lafothrix and pancreas. The cut surfaces of the kidneys bulged and both kidneys were slightly enlarged. The bloody liquid found in thorax and abdomen contained mainly bilirubin, blood cells and proteins.

This clinical case presents the first documented clinical case of leptospirosis in a captive woolly monkey. Very few confirmed cases of leptospirosis lagoyhricha been reported in non-human primates in the world 3. The only reported outbreak in Colombia happened in a rehabilitation facility in Cebus capucinusC.

This anicteric infection was characterized by leukocytopenia. The septicemic phase of leptospirosis is associated with damage to vascular lining cells, which combined with the release of bacterial toxins and inflammatory responses to the bacteria 4account for the pathological features found in this case, including nephritis and petecchiae 2,8.

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This phase may be followed by a systemic inflammatory response syndrome, which may reflect a leukopenia or leukocytosis, depending on the response of each individual 4although leukocytosis is more common 2. RBC showed severe poikilocytosis predominantly marked by echinocytes, revealing a lagothix disease process with alteration of the RBC membrane. Howell-Jolly bodies showing signs of hemolytic anemia or an affected spleen; also lagotheix and microcytes, lqgothrix occur in disseminated intravascular coagulation DIC.

DIC and leukopenia are common findings amongst patients with sepsis, and leptospirosis is considered a frequent cause of sepsis in tropical lagothriz 9. Barbiturate euthanasia solutions can cause vascular damage and necrosis in lgaothricha organs. However, the incidence of these artifacts is minimal or absent when recommended doses are used Serum biochemistry analysis revealed hypoproteinemia, hypocalcemia, azotemia and hypoalbuminemia, which are all indicators of a nephropathy, more specifically, acute renal failure.

Although jaundice is a common clinical sign associated with leptospirosis, anicteric leptospirosis is also reported as part of the lagothricua febrile syndrome Alanine amino transferase is almost exclusively found in the primate liver; however, increased levels in the absence of jaundice can be the result of a hemolytic crisis, because it is also found in the RBC cytosol.

In addition, anicteric disease can occur in peracute processes with severe liver damage and increased enzyme activity 3. The exudate collected from thorax and abdomen was most likely linked to the severe acute multi-organic inflammatory reaction. The absence of leptospires in the urine viewed by dark-field microscopy may be a reflection of intermittent shedding, known to occur in some species.


It could also be due to the bactericidal treatment administered The only reported outbreak in Colombia happened in a rehabilitation facility, where most of the primates presented diffuse jaundice and pulmonary hemorrhage 8. However, a high IgM titer in a single serum specimen is consistent with a current or recent infection.

The specific serovar involved could not be determined due to the known cross-reactivity with in test. The fact that a single animal was infected in the enclosure might be due to individual infection susceptibility possibly related to endocrine responses stress from multiple sources. Behavioral modifications due to captive conditions might also influence this pattern since these folivorous animals have been seen hunting rodents inside the enclosure unpublished data.

Although leptospirosis is not a reportable disease in Colombia, it is listed internationally as an important occupational disease in captive facilities 6and it holds economic relevancy. Since leptospirosis diagnosis in non-human primates tends to be characterized by less-evident clinical signs and lesions, and by short-lived antibody responses 3this clinical case provides evidence that it is important to consider it part of rule-outs or differential diagnosis in future clinical events within and outside of Colombia.

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