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Gujarat starts vaccination of Gir lions against deadly virus

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The forest department Sunday started of lions in the to protect them from a deadly virus blamed for the death of some of the big cats in their last abode.

As many as 23 lions have died in Gujarat's in less than a month. Most of them have succumbed to virus (CDV) and protozoa infections, forest officials had said.

The lions, an endangered species, are being vaccinated under intensive veterinary care and as per standard protocol, officials said Sunday.

is considered a dangerous virus and had been blamed for wiping out 30 per cent population of African lions in East African forests.

"of segregated #Lions under intensive veterinary care as per standard protocol started. Top national & International experts have been consulted. Government undertaking utmost care for safety," the Chief Conservator of Forest, Wildlife Junagadh, an official twitter handle of the Junagadha district forest department, said.

The falls under the Junagadha district forest department's jurisdiction.

A in Gandhinagar said only those lions which are in the forest department's captivity are being vaccinated at present.

Following the death of big cats, the forest department had captured 36 lions and shifted them to Jashadhar and Jamwala rescue centres in the as a precautionary measure.

After the spread was confirmed in Asiatic lions, the had urgently imported 300 shots of the vaccine against the virus from the US.

is mainly found in wild dogs, jackals and wolves. The can be contracted by lions if they eat any animal infected by it.

CDV is a that attacks the immune system and other vital organs in animals. In most of the cases, the is fatal.

According to the last census conducted in 2015, the number of lions in the Gir sanctuary stood at 523.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 15:10 IST
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