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The opportunistic Sarcoptes scabiei: A new episode from giraffe in the drought-suffering Kenya

AuthorsAlasaad, Samer ; Ndeereh, David; Rossi, Luca; Borstein, S.; Permunian, Roberto; Soriguer, Ramón C. ; Gakuya, Francis
KeywordsSarcoptes scabiei
Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata
Neglected parasite
Parasite control
Wajir Region
Issue DateApr-2012
CitationVeterinary Parasitology 185 (2012) 359–363
AbstractThe ubiquitous Sarcoptes mite is unexplainable emerging and re-emerging parasite, threat- ening biodiversity and human health. When a new outbreak occurs, it is not clear if it is a genuine emergence resulting from a new incidence or apparent emergence result- ing from increased detection. In this paper we report, for the first time to our knowledge, an outbreak of sarcoptic mange in giraffes in the wild. Three decaying carcasses and five free-ranging subadult reticulated giraffes were observed to have mange-like lesions in the drought-suffering Wajir Region in North Eastern Kenya, while apparently all sympatric wild and domestic animals were mange-free. Affected giraffes were captured and success- fully treated. The possible relations between this outbreak and annual seasons, animal age-classes and sex, and spatial distribution are discussed
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2011.10.039
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