Evaluating E. coli Transmission Between Humans and Mongoose
Emerging infectious diseases are on the rise, and they threaten both human and wildlife populations. In this pilot study, Morris Animal Foundation–funded researchers from Virginia Tech evaluated Escherichia coli transmission between humans and banded mongoose in Chobe National Park and surrounding villages in Botswana. They found that human populations are transmitting E. coli and antibiotic-resistant microorganisms to the banded mongoose, even in protected areas, such as national parks.
These findings have resulted in interest in the project findings from the Botswana government and the potential to contribute to the development of improved waste management approaches in Botswana.
This research was conducted by Dr. Kathleen A. Alexander at Virginia Tech. Learn more about the success of this study here.
Posted by MAFon May 4, 2012.
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