Wild chimpanzees in W. Africa show signs of leprosy

2021-10-20

Researchers studying images captured by wildlife cameras in Guinea-Bissau and Ivory Coast identified two male and two female chimpanzees with lesions and nodules consistent with leprosy, marking the first time the disease has been found in a nonhuman species in Africa. Researchers are trying to identify the source of exposure and considering the ethics and logistics of attempting to administer antibiotics to wild chimps, says Kimberley Hockings, co-author of the report in Nature.

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