Funding for this research was provided by:
Società Italiana di Parassitologia (Young Researcher Grant 2017)
Received: 9 October 2019
Accepted: 3 January 2020
First Online: 14 January 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Collection of blood samples from the turtles was conducted during clinical investigations. In accordance with the European Parliament and Council normative 2010/63/UE (22nd September 2010) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and with the National Guidelines of Italian Ministry of Health for the care and use of animals (D.L. 4 March 2014 n. 26 and D.L. 27 January 1992 n.116) the non experimental clinical veterinary practice is excluded from the scope of legislation and therefore no need for ethical approval was required for this study.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interest.