Small intestinal adeno-like virus in a mountain chameleon (Chameleo montium)

Michael J Kinsel, Robyn B. Barbiers, Ann Manharth, Robert D. Murnane

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An adult male mountain chameleon (Chameleo montium), one of 92 individuals recently caught in the wild and transported, died after a 28-day history of anorexia. Gross examination revealed marked emaciation and enteric nematodiasis. Histopathologic examination of the small intestine revealed moderate numbers of enterocytes containing 2-15 μm-diameter round to ellipsoid, basophilic, intranuclear inclusions. Ultrastructurally, the inclusions consisted of crystalline arrays of hexagonal viral particles 67-76 nm in diameter with electron-dense cores. The viral particles were consistent with an adenovirus. No pathologic changes were associated with the adenoviral infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-500
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1997


  • Adenovirus
  • Chameleo montium
  • Intestine
  • Mountain chameleon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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