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Does Confirmed Pathogen Transfer between Sanctuary Workers and Great Apes Mean that Reintroduction Should not Occur?: Commentary on "Drug-resistant human Staphylococcus aureus findings in sanctuary apes and its threat to wild ape populations"

Unwin, Steve, Robinson, Ian, Schmidt, Vanessa, Colin, Chris, Ford, Lisa, Humle, Tatyana (2012) Does Confirmed Pathogen Transfer between Sanctuary Workers and Great Apes Mean that Reintroduction Should not Occur?: Commentary on "Drug-resistant human Staphylococcus aureus findings in sanctuary apes and its threat to wild ape populations". American Journal of Primatology, 74 (12). pp. 1076-1083. ISSN 0275-2565. (doi:10.1002/ajp.22069) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This commentary discusses the findings and conclusions of the paper "Drug resistant human Staphylococcus aureus findings in sanctuary apes and its threat to wild ape populations." This paper confirms the zoonotic transfer of Staphylococcus aureus in a sanctuary setting. The assertion that this in itself is enough to reconsider the conservation potential of ape reintroduction provides an opportunity to discuss risk analysis of pathogen transmission, following IUCN guidelines, using S. aureus as an example. It is concluded that ape reintroduction projects must have disease risk mitigation strategies that include effective biosecurity protocols and pathogen surveillance. These strategies will assist with creating a well planned and executed reintroduction. This provides one way to enforce habitat protection, to minimise human encroachment and the risks from the illegal wildlife trade. Thus reintroduction must remain a useful tool in the conservation toolbox.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/ajp.22069
Uncontrolled keywords: Commentary, Reintroduction, Risk analysis, Staphylococcus aureus, animal, animal disease, antibiotic resistance, human, isolation and purification, microbiology, note, Pan troglodytes, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus infection, zoo animal, Animals, Animals, Zoo, Drug Resistance, Bacterial, Humans, Pan troglodytes, Staphylococcal Infections, Staphylococcus aureus, Hominidae, Primates, Staphylococcus aureus
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Tatyana Humle
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 10:39 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38022 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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