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Ape sanctuaries in the DRC brace themselves as Ebola hits the country


quarta, 03 outubro 2018 08:17 News
A doctor conducts Ebola training for GRACE staff. With the disease confirmed in a nearby city, the center has had to take extra precautions A doctor conducts Ebola training for GRACE staff. With the disease confirmed in a nearby city, the center has had to take extra precautions Image courtesy of GRACE.

Ape sanctuaries in the DRC brace themselves as Ebola hits the country

by Tina Deines on 2 October 2018

 

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo’s most recent Ebola outbreak, which has already claimed 105 human lives, is making great-ape conservation more challenging in an already volatile region.
  • The disease can be transmitted between humans and apes, so conservation groups in the country need to take extra precautions to keep the animals in their sanctuaries safe.
  • Most at risk is the GRACE gorilla sanctuary, situated four and a half hours from a city where Ebola has been confirmed.
  • Researchers say the outbreak is not currently a significant threat to wild ape populations.

 

Read full article at:

 https://news.mongabay.com/2018/10/ape-sanctuaries-in-the-drc-brace-themselves-as-ebola-hits-the-country/

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