Warning as researchers find common cold and other human viruses are killing wild chimps in Uganda

Mail Online | 1/22/2019 | Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com
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Researchers has discovered an outbreak of human viruses killing chimpanzees in Uganda.

Less than two years after the first report of wild chimpanzees in Uganda dying as a result of a human 'common cold' virus, a new study has identified two other respiratory viruses of human origin in chimpanzee groups in the same forest.

Researchers - Outbreaks - Lethal

Researchers say the new outbreaks were simultaneous, with one lethal.

The outbreaks affected different chimp communities in the same forest at the same time, between December 2016 and February 2017.

Group - Chimpanzees - Ngogo - Community - Uganda

One group, consisting of 205 chimpanzees known as the Ngogo community in Uganda's Kibale National Park, was especially hard hit, with almost 44 percent of the animals in the group suffering from respiratory illness.

Twenty-five chimps in the Ngogo group died during the outbreak.

Group - Chimpanzees - Kanyawara - Community - Consisting

The other group of chimpanzees, knows as the Kanyawara community and consisting of 55 animals, experienced an outbreak where a little more than 69 percent of animals were affected by respiratory illness.

In contrast to the Ngogo group, no animals from the Kanyawara community died of the disease.

'These - Viruses - Worldwide - Sniffles - Kids

'These are very common human viruses that circulate worldwide and cause 'the sniffles' in kids,' Tony Goldberg, a University of Wisconsin–Madison professor, said.

'In people, they are no big deal unless the patient has asthma...
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