Vol.22 No.142

Thursday 15 September 2005    

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9/15/2005 2:23:09 PM (GMT +2)

We write to express our dismay at the evidently spurious reasons given for removing the remaining populations of Gana and Gwi Bushmen from the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR), namely an outbreak of sarcoptic mange in the Bushmen's goats.


As a group of veterinary scientists working or with expertise on parasitic or infectious diseases, we felt it important to write to clarify this situation. This disease, while potentially serious in some populations, can be very easily treated in domestic animals with modern drugs. Adequate control of infectious diseases in livestock is critically important, but measures should be proportionate and removing the animals from the park cannot be justified on grounds of disease control in this case.

Professor Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior

House of Lords, Westminster

Emeritus Professor Ivan Horak,

Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases,

Faculty of Veterinary Science,

Onderstepoort

South Africa

Dr Sarah Cleaveland

Senior Lecturer in Tropical Veterinary Medicine Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

University of Edinburgh

Dr Peter Bates

Head of Parasitology

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Addlestone,

Surrey

Gareth Davies

Kettlewell Hill, Woking Surrey

Dr Sheelagh Lloyd

Senior Lecturer in Parasitology

University of Cambridge

Department of Veterinary Medicine

Professor Moritz van Vuuren

Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Onderstepoort

South Africa

Dr James Wood

Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium

University of Cambridge

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