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  • Leprosy identified in wild chimpanzees for the first time

    Source: https://www.livescience.com/leprosy-in-wild-chimpanzees

    Leprosy identified in wild chimpanzees for the first time
    By Mindy Weisberger about 8 hours ago
    The disease was previously unknown in wild non-human primates.

    Scientists have detected leprosy in wild chimpanzees for the first time, and the symptoms resemble those in infected people.

    A team of researchers recently found leprosy-infected chimps in unconnected populations in two West African countries: Guinea-Bissau and the Ivory Coast. Facial lesions in several of the animals looked like those in humans with advanced leprosy; genetic analysis of the chimps' stool samples confirmed that animals in both groups were carrying Mycobacterium leprae, bacteria that causes the disfiguring disease, according to a new study.

    Not only are these cases the first to be detected in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) — leprosy in captive chimps has been reported previously — they are the first known non-human cases of leprosy in Africa...
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