14 Oct '11, 7pm

Many rare and very endangered Siberian Tigers are dying because of a deadly viral disease via @Michael_GR

Many rare and very endangered Siberian Tigers are dying because of a deadly viral disease via @Michael_GR

Canine distemper is a deadly viral disease which causes symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, labored breathing, dehydration and various neurological problems (Wikipedia has a good list ). "With all the threats facing Siberian tigers--from poaching and habitat loss--relatively little research has been done on diseases that may afflict tigers," WCS Director of Russia Programs Dale Miquelle said in a prepared statement. "There are no records of tigers entering villages and behaving so abnormally before 2000, so this appears to be a new development and new threat. Understanding whether disease is a major source of mortality for Siberian tigers is crucial for future conservation efforts." (source ) Finding the source of the infection is the next step. If it is domesticated dogs, the likely solution would be to vaccinate them. Vaccinating the tigers directly would be almost impossi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/mystery-tiger-dea...

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