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Volume 14, Number 3—March 2008


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 A. 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 5

Comparisons of mean inflammatory indicator values between bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) seropositive or seronegative for parainfluenza virus antibodies, July–December 2006*

Blood variable, cells/μL Least squares means, TtPIV1 seropositive (n = 9 animals) Least squares means, TtPIV1 seronegative (n = 15 animals) p value
Leukocytes 6,969 7,602 0.23
HCT 41.6 40.3 0.25
Lymphocytes 1,357 1,379 0.93
Monocytes 141 133 0.89
Neutrophils 4,389 5,189 0.05
60-min ESR 10.5 10.2 0.93

*TtPIV1, T. truncatus parainfluenza virus type 1; HCT, hematocrit; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate.

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