We found the likely disease causing agent to be a novel Helicobacter species, and noted that most infections occurred shortly after the first rains following seasonal droughts. Further screening detected the same Helicobacter sp. from clinically normal green iguanas sharing the same habitat, suggesting they could be asymptomatic carriers and a potential source of the pathogen.
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