Respiratory Pathogen Found In Alaska Dalls Sheep And Mountain Goats

first_imgPneumonia from Movi can develop as the result of multiple stressors including poor nutritional condition and/or environmental factors such as extreme weather, or high population density. Dale: “We are not aware of any pneumonia outbreaks or die-offs in Dall’s sheep or mountain goats related to this bacterium.” Division of Wildlife Conservation Director Bruce Dale: “Our initial research has confirmed Movi in a small number of Dall’s sheep and mountain goats in relatively isolated areas of the state,” adding that Alaska’s Dall’s sheep and mountain goat populations overall are healthy. The mountain goats were live captured and released in Southeast and on the Kenai Peninsula and showed no sign of illness; only samples from goats on the Kenai tested positive. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-sheep-.mp3VmJennifer-on-sheep-.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A strain of bacteria known to cause pneumonia in Lower 48 bighorn sheep has been detected for thefirst time in Alaska Dall’s sheep and mountain goats, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.center_img Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (Movi, for short), described as a respiratory bacteria that can cause disease in susceptible hosts, was recently confirmed in four Dall’s sheep within a sample of 136 and in two of 39 mountain goats. Movi is sometimes found in domestic sheep, goats, and wild sheep and goats in the Lower 48, among other hoofed animals. It has been identified as a pathogen in Lower 48 bighorn sheep pneumonia outbreaks that have resulted in significant die-offs. The Dall’s sheep testing positive for Movi were all in Game Management Unit 13A; all were taken by hunters and appeared healthy. The department plans to continue surveillance for Mycoplasma bacteria, including Movi research in Dall’s sheep, mountain goats, and other Alaska wildlife in collaboration with the USDA Animal Disease Research Unit and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, Washington.last_img

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