Endangered tigers, red pandas and lions are perishing due to infection caused by Canine Distemper Virus (CDV). The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) scientists in Bareilly found CDV in the blood samples of dead animals.
• CDV is a common disease in domestic dogs.
• CDV affects different systems of the body including nervous and respiratory system in these animals.
• CDV breaks down the immunity system and causes various secondary bacterial infections, which leads to death.
• It spreads in the animals that eat dogs infected with the virus and/or drink water from same source.
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