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Posted by John Hewlett on January 31, 2001 at 20:59:54:

In Reply to: Reptile parasitology slides? posted by JnR on January 26, 2001 at 13:15:43:

There is a site dedicated to the study of Ophidian Paramyxovirus (OPMV). A very dabilting disorder that causes extensive neurological (A primary central nervous system disease {PCNS}) damage and ultamatly death in snakes. I think for the most part Crotaline snakes and Boids however certain members of the families Elapidae and Colubridae can be infected. There are a few slides found there such as: Hemorrhagic pneumonia in an Crotalus ademanteus with ophidian paramyxovirus; Lung image showing capillaries; Photomicrograph of the lung of a C. durrissus with OPMV infecion (image also shows, alveolar type II cells, interstitium thickness change, and infiltration of the mononuclear inflammatory cells); Photomicrograph of the lung of a C. horridus; Photomicrograph of the lung of an Crotalid experimentally infected with OPMV; Photomicrograph of cervical spinal cord of Crotalus lepidus with OPMV infection (also shows demyelination of axonal fibers); Photomicrograph of lung with brown staining of the viral antigen;Photomicrograph of lung of a Crotaline snake using the immunofluorescent technique (Also shows the stained surface of the surface epithelial cells); Normal Viperine Heart cells forming a monolayer (using Giemsa stain); Viper heart cells infected with OPMV; Transmission photomicrograph of spherical and filamentous virions budding from the cell membrane of a Viper Heart Cell in culture; Erythrocytes image. Both the Ph.d's doing the study can be contacted by the imnformation given on the side. I do think OPMV is a be neurological parasite, so that site may help you out considerably. The link is posted below.

John



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