REHABILITATION OF ENDANGERED BAT SPECIES. EVALUATING THE WILDLIFE RESERVOIRS RISK FACTORS, DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND POST-HANDLING SURVIVAL
Published: 7 Jun 2016
Abstract: When handling endangered wildlife, one is faced with an ethical dilemma: is the potential risks associated with diseases greater than the survival of individuals? The relationship of host-pathogen is poorly understood in the case of most wildlife animals. Thus one must take into consideration not only the zoonotic risk when handling wildlife, but also the potential spill-over fenomen than can occur when the animals are released into the wild. Bats are well known for their capacity to host deadly pathogens without showing any clinical signs of illness. Thus when faced with a colony of protected bat species on a European, one must carefully evaluate the risks associated with the rehabilitation. This paper presents the medical dilemmas that appeared during the 3 months period while rehabilitating 4 different bat colonies consisting of a total of 142 individuals. At the end of the 3 months rehabilitation period, the survival rate reached 89%.
Keywords: bats, zoonoses, rehabilitation, rabies, leptospira
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