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Pneumonia in bighorn sheep, especially recurrent lamb pneumonia, has led to drastic declines of up to 75 to 90 percent in affected herds. This study investigates the spread of pneumonia in bighorn sheep, especially in lambs. Researchers will study the role played by animals that have recovered from the disease, but continue to carry disease agents (carriers), in the spread of pneumonia. They will also study the role of individual immunity in pneumonia and recovery in bighorn lambs. This information will help formulate appropriate management interventions to prevent lamb deaths and aid bighorn population recovery across North America.

Study ID
D14ZO-419
Study Status
Complete
Start Date
08/01/2013
Grant amount awarded
$99,880
Grant recipient
Washington State University
Study country
United States
Investigator
Raghavan, Bindu, BVSc, MSc
Study category
Infectious Disease