2018 CVM News: Cause of mysterious mass death of saiga antelopes uncovered
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This news item is about: Scientists have discovered that the sudden death of over 200,000 saiga antelopes in 2015 was likely due to environmental factors that triggered a deadly bacterium. These critically endangered antelopes live in the remote steppe grassland of Central Asia. The deaths amounted to over 60 percent of the global population of the species. A paper in Science Advances describes how the healthy animals died of blood poisoning caused by the Pasteurella multocida bacterium. The mass deaths occurred while they were calving.
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University. College of Veterinary Medicine -- Periodicals.; Beauvais, Wendy; Cordova, Melanie Greaver; Ivanek, Renata