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How a Ugandan vet saved hundreds of gorillas by treating human disease


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How a Ugandan vet saved hundreds of gorillas by treating human disease

The best way to protect gorillas is to address human, animal and ecosystem health together, says the Ugandan veterinarian who pioneered the One Health approach Health 11 December 2019 Ivana Tacikova/Alamy Stock PhotoAs a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? The cats and dogs in my home were my playmates…

How a Ugandan vet saved hundreds of gorillas by treating human disease

The best way to protect gorillas is to address human, animal and ecosystem health together, says the Ugandan veterinarian who pioneered the One Health approach



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11 December 2019

Adult mountain gorilla

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As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

The cats and dogs in my home were my playmates as a child, and at the age of 12, I decided that I wanted to be a veterinarian.

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We started Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) in 2003 because I was concerned about disease transmission to the estimated 650 critically endangered mountain gorillas in existence. I led a team that traced a fatal outbreak of scabies …

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