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Volume 23, Number 12—December 2017
Research Letter

Rabies and Distemper Outbreaks in Smallest Ethiopian Wolf Population

Jorgelina MarinoComments to Author , Claudio Sillero-Zubiri, Asefa Deressa, Eric Bedin, Alemayehu Bitewa, Fekadu Lema, Gebeyehu Rskay, Ashley Banyard, and Anthony R. Fooks
Author affiliations: University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (J. Marino, C. Sillero-Zubiri, E. Bedin); International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission Canid Specialist Group, Oxford (C. Sillero-Zubiri); Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (A. Deressa); Environmental, Forest, Wildlife Development and Protection Authority, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (A. Bitewa); Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, Bale Robe, Ethiopia (J. Marino); Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, Bahir Dar (F. Lema, G. Rskay); Animal and Plant Health Agency, Weybridge, UK (A. Banyard, A.R. Fooks)

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Characteristics of and test results for Ethiopian wolf and domestic dog carcasses recovered in Delanta, Ethiopia, 2016*

Date found Species Age and sex Postmortem Tested for RABV† Tested for CDV‡
Jun 26 Ethiopian wolf Juvenile female No NA NA
Jun 28 Ethiopian wolf Juvenile male Yes No No
Jul 07 Ethiopian wolf Adult male Yes Positive No
Jul 11 Ethiopian wolf Juvenile female Yes Positive No
Jul 18 Ethiopian wolf Juvenile female No NA NA
Aug 12 Ethiopian wolf Adult male No NA NA
Sep 01 Domestic dog Adult male Yes Positive Negative
Sep 07 Ethiopian wolf Adult female Yes Positive Negative
Nov 27 Domestic dog Adult male Yes Negative Positive
Dec 27
Ethiopian wolf
Adult female
*CDV, canine distemper virus; NA, not applicable; RABV, rabies virus.
†Rabies diagnostic reverse transcription PCR was performed as described previously (6).
‡CDV diagnostic reverse transcription PCR as performed as described previously (3).

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