Seven leopard cubs, each aged betwixt 3 and 10 months died owed to Panleucopenia microorganism astatine Bannerghatta National Park successful Bengaluru, officials said connected Monday. The microorganism Feline Panleucopenia microorganism is commonly recovered successful cats.
According to the officials, the outbreak archetypal emerged connected August 22 among the park’s leopard cubs. By September 5, 7 of them died.
Recently, a leopard safari was introduced astatine Bannerghatta Park, releasing 9 leopard cubs into the safari area. While 3 of these leopard cubs succumbed to the infection, the different 4 cubs died astatine the rehabilitation centre, officials said.
The infected leopard cubs were rescued from antithetic areas, including Biligirirangana Hill, Mysore Zoo, and Maddur, earlier being brought to the rehabilitation centre astatine Bannerghatta Biological Park. After treatment, they were aboriginal released into the safari area. Four cheetah cubs nether the attraction of the rehabilitation centre fell unfortunate to the virus, officials said, adding that currently, determination are 80 leopards astatine the centre.
Blood tests conducted successful the zoo’s laboratory confirmed the beingness of the Feline Panleucopenia microorganism successful the deceased leopard cubs.
“We took contiguous precautions to forestall the microorganism from spreading to different animals,” Bannerghatta biologic parkland enforcement manager Surya Sen told HT. He said the virus, erstwhile contracted, leads to a simplification successful achromatic humor cells, accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea. Isolation and attraction are initiated erstwhile these symptoms manifest, with anti-viral medication, glucose, and booster doses being administered. “Stringent cleanliness measures person been adopted, with bleaching pulverization scattered passim the park. Cages are besides burned to destruct immoderate traces of the virus.”
Surya Sen explained that each precautionary measures person been diligently implemented, with guidance from specialists veterinary Dr Ansar Kamran, Dr Upendra, Dr Veeregowda, and others. Booster doses person been administered to tigers and lions arsenic a protective measure. With these efforts, the corruption has been successfully contained.
The Bannerghatta Animal Rehabilitation Centre houses 80 leopards, with measures successful spot to forestall infected leopards and their caretakers from interacting with different animals, officials said.
This microorganism chiefly spreads done cats, some feral and domestic. Infected animals grounds digestive problems and dysentery, with a notable diminution successful achromatic humor cells starring to exhaustion. Strict measures were swiftly employed upon the disease’s find connected August 22, and with adherence to guidelines from the Bannerghatta wellness advisory committee, the corruption has been contained. Out of a full of 12 infected chaotic animals, 4 leopard cubs and 1 lion cub person successfully recovered aft treatment, officials said.
In airy of the Nipah outbreak successful Kerala, Bannerghatta Biological Park has been placed connected precocious alert. The parkland is being disinfected doubly daily, with the monitoring of bats entering the premises. Entrance and exit areas person been equipped with disinfectant solutions, and preparations are underway to present thermal scanning for tourists successful the adjacent future.