TitleListeria associated mural and valvular endocarditis in an alpaca.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMcLane, MJ, Schlipf, JW, Margiocco, ML, Gelberg, HB
JournalJournal of veterinary cardiology : the official journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
Date Published2008 Dec

An alpaca presented for emergency evaluation of respiratory distress. Physical examination revealed weakness, pyrexia, and a grade V/VI left apical holosystolic murmur. Initial thoracic examination and radiographs were consistent with left sided congestive heart failure. Blood cultures, echocardiographic evaluation, and necropsy findings established a diagnosis of bacterial endocarditis associated with a Listeria monocytogenes infection. Left ventricular endocarditis is uncommon in ruminants, and to the authors' knowledge there are no other reports of L. monocytogenes being the causative agent in an alpaca.