Dual epidemics threaten Australia’s koalas

Australia’s koala population has been hit hard by two rapidly spreading diseases: chlamydia and a retrovirus similar to HIV. Scientists are working to develop vaccines, while lay citizens help care for sick koalas. Biologists say the epidemics, combined with other threats like habitat loss, pose a serious threat to the species.

My story, in partnership with NOVA, airs today on PRI’s The World, 20 mins past the hour.

~ by Ari Daniel on April 17, 2013.

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