A sexually-transmitted disease is running rampant through their population, and a controlled cull might be their best hope. Tree-hugging, eucalyptus-chomping, sleep-loving: it is easy to see why the cuddly koala is an animal favourite for any tourist Down Under. But visitors might not realise that tens of thousands of the cute marsupials now suffer from an exceptionally painful and often lethal condition. It is one caused by bacteria with a notorious reputation. They get discharge and many koalas die.
The koala has been listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN since and it is estimated that there are only , left in the wild today. Lead researcher Dr Faye Wedrowicz told BuzzFeed News that her team decided to look at koalas in the region because they are promising to the future of the species in Australia. And no, the strain of chlamydia that infects koalas is not the same that infects humans but it is sexually transmitted in the same way. Genetic evidence from the chlamydia bacteria suggests that koalas were infected by the disease through transmission from livestock specifically sheep. Although one paper on the topic states the “mechanism of transmission between livestock and koalas currently eludes us”. The interspecies chlamydia transmission was likely related to faecal contamination of a koala’s food source and probably not what we’re all currently thinking.
Of the koalas from the chlamydia, Nearly half the koalas of the why koalas sampled were infected with chlamydia bacteria, but getting vhlamydia percent had the clinical disease. Got a confidential tip? Antibiotics are also used to treat koalas, although they do not prevent re-infection and come with a host of unpleasant side effects. Home Page Are U. Live Science. What did John Oliver actually get?