First TB death of CNP rhino stokes fear of outspread

- PAWAN YADAV, BHARATPUR

Apr 15, 2016-

Laboratory test has recently confirmed that a rhino found dead inside Chitwan National Park (CNP) last year had died of tuberculosis (TB), causing conservationists to worry that other animals could also be carrying TB bacteria.

The one-horn rhino was found dead at Binchhis in the western sector of the CNP on February 2015. Senior veterinarian at the CNP Kamal Gaire said it was the first instance of TB related  death of an animal inside the park. 

Samples extracted from the dead rhino were send to the Kathmandu-based German-Nepal TB Test Centre. After the centre traced TB bacteria in the samples, they were sent to  Hokkaido University in Japan to find out the bacteria’s strain.   

Chief Conservation Officer at the CNP Ramchandra Kandel said without medical examination they will not know if other rhinos have also contracted TB.

“We never had a case of rhinos suffering from TB  before. There should be an investigation,” he said.

Published: 15-04-2016 08:19

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