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Zoonotic diseases may threaten snow leopards

Coxiella burnetii, Leptospira and Toxoplasma gondii are present in endangered wild snow leopards and may threaten not only the wild cats but also humans and other animals near the leopards' habitats, researchers reported in Infection Ecology & Epidemiology. "Raising awareness in local communities about the possibility of illness in their animals and themselves could lead to improvements to herd health, boosting their productivity and income," study leader Carol Esson said.

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