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Health status of grey squirrel populations (Sciurus carolinensis) in Piedmont: anatomo-pathological and microbiological investigations.

Abstract

Forty grey squirrels of the province of Cuneo (Piedmont Region, north-west Italy) have been investigated with histological, microbiological and biomolecular techniques to increase the knowledge of the viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal diseases affecting a grey squirrel population of Italy. Histological lesions were found in the lungs, heart and skin. All the squirrels resulted negative for viral, bacteriological and parasitological analyses, except for the presence of bacteraemia in three squirrels. Mycological and biomolecular investigations revealed 14 squirrels positive to keratinophilic fungi belonging to nine different genera.