CHLAMYDIA DISEASE THREATENS TO DEVASTATE ICONIC KOALAS - AUSSIE RESEARCH
Last Updated: 2018-07-11
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SYDNEY, Australia July 11 (NNN-Bernama) -- Nearly two-thirds of a koala colony in Australia's Victoria state are afflicted with chlamydia, with the major disease threatening to spread and devastate the marsupial population.

According to Monash University research findings released Wednesday, the Koala chlamydia which causes infertility in the iconic Australian animal is "widespread" in the state's South Gippsland area.
Xinhua news agency reports the researchers who analysed koala droppings in their study, said the latest findings helped point to further strategies for marsupial conservation, which includes work on a vaccine for the disease.

Their research, which was published in the Wildlife Research journal, also showed that the occurrence of an AIDS-like retrovirus in the animals that was seen as another major cause behind their death was lower than previously thought, affecting less than 30 per cent of the koalas studied.

"Further work exploring the dynamics of these pathogens in South Gippsland koalas is warranted and may help inform future conservation strategies for this important population," said the researchers.
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