An outbreak of mange hits the Bwindi gorillas


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Treat sick/injured animals

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  1. Treat sick/injured animals

    A before-and-after trial in 2000-2001 in tropical forest in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda found that medically treating mountain gorillas Gorilla beringei beringei infected with mange, cured the animals. In a group consisting of 18 gorillas, some individuals were treated on site after detection of mild signs of mange. The number of treated gorillas was not included. Two doses of Ivermectin were administered by darting individual gorillas. In addition, when a skin infection was initially detected, skin scrapings were collected and biopsies conducted to confirm the preliminary diagnosis. Another five groups whose home ranges overlapped with that of the group that included individuals treated for mange, also showed signs of this disease. However, the authors mention that the infection was brought under control and that no deaths occurred.

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