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Distemper outbreak and its effect on African wild dog conservation

Distemper outbreak and its effect on African wild dog conservation

Emerging Infectious Diseases 8(2): 211-213

ISSN/ISBN: 1080-6040

PMID: 11897078

DOI: 10.3201/eid0802.010314

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.

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