First report of Brucella ceti-associated meningoencephalitis in a long-finned pilot whale Globicephala melas

NJ Davison, A Brownlow, B McGovern, MP Dagleish, LL Perrett, E-J Dale, M Koylass, G Foster

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Fatal Brucella ceti infection with histological lesions specific to the central nervous system has been described in only 3 species of cetaceans: striped dolphins Stenella coeruleoalba, Atlantic white-sided dolphins Lagenorhynchus acutus and short-beaked common dolphins Delphinus delphis. This paper describes the first report of a B. ceti-associated meningo encephalitis in a long-finned pilot whale Globicephala melas, showing the increasing range of species susceptibility. Brucella was recovered in larger numbers from cerebrospinal fluid than from brain tissue and is the sample of choice for isolation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237 - 241
Number of pages5
JournalDiseases of Aquatic Organisms
Issue number3
Publication statusFirst published - 27 Oct 2015


  • Brucella ceti
  • Globicephala melas
  • Isolation
  • Meningoencephalitis
  • UK


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