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Volume 14, Number 3—March 2008

Research

Exposure to Novel Parainfluenza Virus and Clinical Relevance in 2 Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Populations

Stephanie Venn-Watson*Comments to Author , Rebecca Rivera‡, Cynthia R. Smith*, Jeremiah T. Saliki§, Shannon Caseltine§1, Judy St. Leger¶, Pam Yochem‡, Randall S. Wells#, and Hendrik Nollens‡**
Author affiliations: *US Navy Marine Mammal Program, San Diego, California, USA; ‡G2 Software Systems, Inc., San Diego, California, USA; ‡Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, San Diego, California, USA; §Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; ¶SeaWorld, San Diego, California, USA; #Chicago Zoological Society c/o Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida, USA; **University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA;

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Table 1

Frequencies of abnormal hematologic and inflammatory indicator values in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) within 
60 d before and 30 d after PIV antibody seroconversion (n = 22)*

Blood variable Adult dolphin reference range Median value (range), cases No. (%) cases below reference range No. (%) cases above reference range
Leukocytes, cells/μL 4,275–10,089 12,950 (5,700–38,800) 2 (9.1) 18 (81.8)
HCT, % 38–46 39 (29–50) 11 (50.0) 0
Platelets, cells/μL 55,000–143,000 116,000 (25,000–333,000) 6 (27.3) 11 (50.0)
Neutrophils, cells/μL 2,737–7,570 9,750 (3,760–36,470) 2 (9.1) 18 (81.8)
Lymphocytes, cells/μL 270–1,500 1,425 (290–5,210) 3 (13.6) 7 (31.8)
Monocytes, cells/μL 0–576 300 (0–3, 080) NA 11 (50.0)
Eosinophils, cells/μL 78–1,792 900 (0–3,000) 8 (36.4) 3 (13.6)
ESR, mL/60 min 0–18 22 (1–131) NA 16 (72.7)
Iron, μg/dL 92–300 193 (22–1,036) 8 (36.4) 9 (40.9)

*PIV, parainfluenza virus; HCT, hematocrit; NA, not available; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate.

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1Current affiliation: University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.

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