According to research published in nature, leprosy is first seen in wild chimpanzees

According to research published in nature, leprosy is first seen in wild chimpanzees

Humans are considered to be the main host of bacteria Mycobacterial leprosyHowever, it is eventually found in Armadillos and Annan. However, a survey released this Wednesday (13) shows that the bacteria that cause leprosy are far more likely to circulate in wildlife than researchers suspect.

The researchers identified the disease in two different populations of wild chimpanzees. One of them is in Cantonese National Park Guinea-Bissau, In Taï National Park in C ഡിte d’Ivoire. Although this was first confirmed in nature, cases of captivity in monkeys have been reported.

The researchers identified the disease in two different populations of chimpanzees. One of them is in Cantonese National Park, the other in Guinea-Bissau, the National Park and Cട്ട്te d’Ivoire. – Photo: Disclosure / Nature

The research was led by Kimberly J. Hawking, of the University of Exeter in the UK. In his findings, the researcher points out that the large circulation of the disease in wildlife may be related to contact with humans or for some other reason not yet known.

“The difficulties identified in each population of chimpanzees are different, and they are rare in humans and other animals,” explains Charlotte Avanci, a researcher at Colorado State University. “This study opens a new frontier for understanding the spread of the disease in countries where the disease is endemic,” says Avansi.

Although the study has no conclusions about the origin of the contact with the bacteria, researchers point out that in Guinea-Bissau, chimpanzees live in areas close to human habitation but are not a hunting target.

However, in C ഡിte d’Ivoire, the population is more isolated and more likely to become infected through contact with another animal or other source, such as ticks or water.

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