Buffalo research in final stage

2012-07-03 10:32
The final stage of research into the effects of Bovine Tuberculosis is set to begin. (LM Otero, AP)

The final stage of research into the effects of Bovine Tuberculosis is set to begin. (LM Otero, AP)

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Bloemfontein - The final stage of research into the effects of Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) on free-ranging buffalo in the Kruger National Park would begin on Tuesday.

The park's veterinary wildlife service department was doing the study, park spokesperson William Mabasa said on Monday.

The project was started in 2008 to determine the effect of the disease on buffalo.

BTB is an alien disease that entered the park in the mid-1950s as a result of buffalo coming into contact with BTB-infected livestock from outside the park. It threatened the conservation of biodiversity.

As part of the research, a sample of about 200 buffalo was selected, captured and fitted with radio collars so they could be re-captured at six-month intervals for the collection of samples, application of treatments, and assessment of body condition.

The final stage of the research would see some 125 to 150 of the sampled buffalo euthanized to have complete post mortems conducted.

It was hoped this would allow the researchers to determine the status and progress of the disease.

The last stage of the research project would continue until August this year, focused on the Lower Sabie and Crocodile Bridge areas.
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