Zoonotic diseases challenge conservation efforts in Western Uganda

Poor human hygiene and sanitation in and around protected areas cause outbreak of scabies and other zoonotic diseases in wildlife

Wednesday 20 October 2021 14:05
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<p>Mountain gorillas share 98% of DNA with humans, making them especially susceptible to transfer of disease</p>

Mountain gorillas share 98% of DNA with humans, making them especially susceptible to transfer of disease

By Sarah Mawarere for UBC Radio in Uganda

Closer interactions between wild animals and humans are causing a rise in cases of zoonotic diseases. Tourists visit Protected Areas to view mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, while people in surrounding villages enter to collect water and firewood. Sarah Mawarere finds out how local authorities and public health organisations are working to educate tourists, and to build local capacity to manage and control future outbreaks.

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This article is reproduced here as part of the Space for Giants African Conservation Journalism Programme, supported by the owner of ESI Media, which includes independent.co.uk. It aims to expand the reach of conservation and environmental journalism in Africa, and bring more African voices into the international conservation debate.

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