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Distemper, rabies and parvovirus vaccinations in a captive-breeding programme for the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) in northern Tanzania



Distemper, rabies and parvovirus vaccinations in a captive-breeding programme for the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) in northern Tanzania



Erkrankungen der Zootiere 40: 243-250



In 1995 the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trusts and The African Wild dog Foundation, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and the Department of Wildlife, Tanzania, started a breeding programme for the African Wild Dog in Mkomazi Game reserve, Tanzania. In order to protect the dogs from infectious diseases they are vaccinated for distemper, rabies, parvovirus. To establish the effectiveness of the vaccinations, antibody testing was performed. Distemper vaccination (CDV-ISCOM) according to the schedule three vaccinations the first year (14 days between the first and second vaccination and 30 days between the second and third vaccination) followed by an annual booster, proved to be satisfactory until December 2000. Despite the vaccinations a serious outbreak of distemper occurred. Research will continue. Three rabies vaccinations the first year, one month between the first and second and five months between the second and the third, followed by an annual booster, gave a satisfactory quantity of antibodies.

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