Sarcoptic mange, also known as scabies, is causing high morbidity and mortality in San Joaquin kit foxes in California. Although the source is unknown, coyotes or domestic dogs are suspected reservoirs for the disease-causing mites affecting the foxes. Researchers will study how sarcoptic mange is transmitted and spread among kit foxes as well as identify host species that carry the mites that impact the health of these endangered foxes. Findings will help researchers develop intervention and management strategies to prevent mange spread to other San Joaquin kit fox populations.
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California State University-Stanislaus
Brian L Cypher., PhD