Distemper outbreak and its effect on African wild dog conservation.
In December 2000, an infectious disease spread through a captive breeding group of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) in Tanzania, killing 49 of 52 animals within 2 months. The causative agent was identified as Canine distemper virus (CDV) by means of histologic examination, virus isolation, reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analysis, and nucleotide sequencing. This report emphasizes the importance of adequate protection against infectious diseases for the successful outcome of captive breeding programs of endangered species.
|Keywords||*Animals, Wild/virology, *Disease Outbreaks/prevention & control, Animals, Distemper Virus, Canine/*isolation & purification, Distemper/*mortality/*prevention & control, Dogs, Government Programs, Tanzania, Viral Vaccines/administration & dosage/*therapeutic use|
van de Bildt, M.W.G., Kuiken, T., Visee, A.M., Lema, S., Fitzjohn, A.R., & Osterhaus, A.D.M.E.. (2002). Distemper outbreak and its effect on African wild dog conservation.. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Print), 8(2), 211–213. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/3853