Does ivermectin treatment for endemic hookworm infection alter the gut microbiota of endangered Australian sea lion pups?

Mariel Fulham, Michelle Power & Rachael Gray
The gut microbiota is essential for the development and maintenance of the hosts’ immune system. Disturbances to the gut microbiota in early life stages can result in long-lasting impacts on host health. This study aimed to determine if topical ivermectin treatment for endemic hookworm (Uncinaria sanguinis) infection in endangered Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) pups resulted in gut microbial changes. The gut microbiota was characterised for untreated (control) (n = 23) and treated (n =...
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