Navigation Links
Wildlife Conservation Society documents pneumonia outbreak in endangered markhor
Date:1/5/2012

If they didn't have enough to worry about from dodging poachers, snow leopards, and landslides in Central Asia's rugged mountains, a population of endangered markhora majestic wild goat specieshas contracted pneumonia, detected for the first time by the Wildlife Conservation Society and partners in Tajikistan and France.

Markhor are known for their impressive corkscrew horns that can reach nearly five feet in length, and their spectacular climbing ability that enables them to climb cliffsand despite their large size, even treesto feed. The pneumonia outbreak, which occurred in Tajikistan during September and October of 2010, is believed to have killed at least 65 markhorsas much as 20 percent of the population remaining in the country. Fewer than 2,500 markhor exist across their entire range.

The study appears in the December issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Authors include Stphane Ostrowski of the Wildlife Conservation Society; Francois Thiaucourt, Luca Manso-Silvn, and Virginie Dupuy of Centre de Coopration International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Dveloppement of Montpellier, France; Mulojon Amirbekov, Abdurahmon Mahmadshoev, and Orom Ziyoev of Tajikistan's Ministry of Agriculture; Dustmurod Vahobov of the Tajikistan's Academy of Agricultural Sciences; and Stefan Michel of Tajikistan's Nature Protection Team. The work was supported in part by the German federal agency for international cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit).

The authors of the study believe that the markhor may have contracted the disease from domestic goats. Raising goats in habitats used by markhor is a necessity for local communities with few other livelihood options. This cohabitation increases the risk of transmission of infectious agents from domestic stock to wildlife.

The authors believe that a newly recorded pathogen in markhor may be responsible for the pneumonia outbreak. The case emphasizes the need for continuous disease surveillance in domestic animals that have contact with valuable wildlife resources, the authors said.

"So far, no new outbreaks have been reported since 2010," said Dr. Ostrowski, lead author on the study. "Recent investigations in the area of the outbreak have revealed that domestic goats test positive for a Mycoplasma bacteria that may cause pneumonia in both domestic and wild goats. The Nature Protection Team, a Tajik nongovernmental organization, is working with communities to minimize contacts between domestic animals and markhor."

WCS has been leading efforts to save the remarkable markhor across its range. In the mountains of northern Pakistan, WCS now works with more than 20 communities to stop poaching and train community rangers to monitor markhor and enforce local hunting bans. In Afghanistan, WCS recently conducted wildlife surveys along the border of Tajikistan and discovered previously unrecorded populations of markhor in the Badakhshan Province. WCS, with funding from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is also bringing together health officials in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to assess disease threats to markhor and other wildlife in the region.


'/>"/>

Contact: John Delaney
jdelaney@wcs.org
718-220-3275
Wildlife Conservation Society
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Candid video clips from Thailand show anti-poaching efforts saving wildlife
2. Literature review on solar energy and wildlife impacts research
3. Solar power development in US Southwest could threaten wildlife
4. New thinking required on wildlife disease
5. Wildlife access critical to childrens health
6. Wildlife Conservation Society helps scarlet macaws take flight in Guatemala
7. Wildlife Conservation Society uncovers record number of jaguars in Bolivia
8. Researchers: Apply public trust doctrine to rescue wildlife from politics
9. Wildlife Conservation Society study uncovers a predictable sequence toward coral reef collapse
10. New threat closes in on iconic Galápagos wildlife
11. Wildlife Conservation Society helps hatch rare Siamese crocodiles in Lao PDR
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Wildlife Conservation Society documents pneumonia outbreak in endangered markhor
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016  Neurotechnology, a provider of ... MegaMatcher Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) , a ... projects. MegaMatcher ABIS can process multiple complex biometric ... combination of fingerprint, face or iris biometrics. It ... and MegaMatcher Accelerator , which have ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... -- First quarter 2016:   , Revenues ... first quarter of 2015 The gross margin was 49% ... and the operating margin was 40% (-13) Earnings per ... from operations was SEK 249.9 M (21.2) , Outlook ... 7,000-8,500 M. The operating margin for 2016 is estimated ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has ... Market 2016-2020"  report to their offering.  , ,     ... The analysts forecast the global multimodal biometrics market ... the period 2016-2020.  Multimodal biometrics is ... as the healthcare, BFSI, transportation, automotive, and government ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... YORK , May 26, 2016 ... investors see value in this space. Today,s pre-market research on ... equities: Radius Health Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS ), Cerus ... ARWR ), and Five Prime Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ... stock technical briefings at: http://www.activewallst.com/ ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Kinder Scientific ... positive developments that position the Company for the future. Kinder Scientific announces ... F. Kinghorn has been appointed Chairman of the Board, Curtis D. Kinghorn has ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... Diego area and has consistently been rated one of its top attractions. Fortune ... the globe to participate in a unique and intimate team-building experience. , Each event ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Oregon (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... Set features a variety of fracture-specific plating options designed to address fractures of ... industry-leading fracture fixation solutions. , The Acumed Ankle Plating System 3 is composed ...
Breaking Biology Technology: