STUDY OF MICROBIOLOGIC FLORA OF THE REPRODUCTIVE TRACT OF THE CHIMPANZEE.
Final rept., 30 Jun 65-15 Nov 66,
ALBANY MEDICAL COLL N Y INST OF EXPERIMENTAL PATHOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY
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The microorganisms of the chimpanzee were studied with respect to the bacterial, parasitic and viral organisms present in the reproductive tract of eleven animals by repeated samplings. The bacterial species from the vaginal tract of the chimpanzee were cultured employing routine aerobic and anaerobic procedures. A microscopic survey of specimens taken from the vagina, blood and feces was performed for the presence of parasites. Viral isolation techniques were employed on throat and vaginal swabs and fecal specimens. The bacterial species isolated from the vagina were those commonly associated with the alimentary tract of the chimpanzee. Strains of Escherichia coli, species of Proteus, enterococci and lactobacilli predominated. Seven parasite species were identified in the feces with Entamoeba coli, Balantidium coli and Entamoeba histolytica occurring most frequently. No plasmodia or microfilariae were observed in blood smears. Entamoeba coli, observed on one occasion, was the only parasite species demonstrated in the vagina, while all other vaginal specimens were not found to contain any parasitic species. A single reovirus isolate and an adenovirus isolate were isolated from the feces of two chimpanzees. Enteroviruses were recovered from four chimpanzees with two chimpanzees found to be excreting virus in the feces on two occasions. No viruses were isolated from throat or vaginal specimens. Author
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