Skip to main content

The 2003 Epidemic of a Flu-Like Respiratory Disease at Bossou

Humle, Tatyana (2011) The 2003 Epidemic of a Flu-Like Respiratory Disease at Bossou. In: Matsuzawa, Tetsuro and Humle, Tatyana and Sugiyama, Yukimaru, eds. Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba. Primatology Monographs . Springer Verlag, pp. 325-333. ISBN 978-4-431-53920-9. E-ISBN 978-4-431-53921-6. (doi:10.1007/978-4-431-53921-6_33) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

PDF - Author's Accepted Manuscript
Restricted to Repository staff only
Contact us about this Publication Download (229kB)
[img]
Official URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-53921-6_33

Abstract

Disease is one of the major threats facing great apes today. Chimpanzees across Africa are fatally susceptible to a variety of diseases, including Ebola and a range of typically human-borne diseases ranging from pneumonia to polio. In November 2003, all members of the Bossou community suffered from an outbreak of respiratory disease that resulted in the confirmed death of four individuals (two infants, one adolescent male, and one old adult female) and the presumed death of one old adult female. This chapter aims to present the sequence of events that escalated in the loss of these five chimpanzees. The only other confirmed respiratory disease outbreak at Bossou since 1976 occurred in 1992 and resulted in the death of an infant. Finally, the 2003 epidemic strongly reminds us of the vulnerability of chimpanzees to human-borne diseases, especially respiratory diseases, and the urgent need to put in place practical measures aimed at preventing the occurrence of similar outbreaks in the future.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-4-431-53921-6_33
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Tatyana Humle
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 07:41 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2019 14:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/39025 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
  • Depositors only (login required):

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year