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Spongiform encephalopathy in a herd of greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros): epidemiological observations
  1. JK Kirkwood,
  2. AA Cunningham,
  3. GA Wells,
  4. JW Wilesmith and
  5. JE Barnett
  1. Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park.


A small herd of greater kudu, derived from three individuals, has been maintained at the Zoological Society of London since 1970. Spongiform encephalopathy has been diagnosed in five out of eight of the animals born in this herd since 1987. With the possible exception of the first confirmed case, none of these is thought to have been exposed to feeds containing ruminant-derived protein. The pattern of incidence suggests that greater kudu are very susceptible to the disease and that natural lateral transmission may have occurred among them.

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