A cheetah at Neyyar Lion Safari Park infected with rare tick-borne disease
Kattakkada: A cheetah at the Neyyar Lion Safari Park is reported suffering from a rare tick-borne disease.The cheetah was afflicted with the disease before it was captured from Pulpally one month ago and brought here. The tiger was administered treatment since brought to the Park.
Chief veterinary officer Dr. Ishwar said that the tiger who fatigued by the disease has now recovered from the illness. The Cheetah was suffering from a diseases Hepatozoonosis and Haemobartonellosis which are spread by ticks and sometimes by flea, kill blood cells in the body like Malaria. The disease has been reported so far in North Kerala only.
The infectious disease can be eliminated by medication. However, the bacteria will remain in the body. When they body is not healthy, they become active again. Humans can be infected with the disease from when a flea that bit the infected organism, bites. However, no cases of humans infected with this disease have been reported till now.
The cheetah, in this case has survived the infection. Injections are given every two weeks. It is also consuming enough food.
Wild life warden J. R. Annie visited the Park on Sunday to evaluate the cheetah's health conditions. He said that there is no need to be anxious as the animal is recuperating from the illness. But the cheetah which is residing in the Safari Park which is also home to two lions and a tiger. There is still a concern that these animals can be infected by the disease.
“Last week, the chief wildlife warden had submitted a report on the health condition of the cheetah in Neyyar Park. It is mentioned in the report that caution should be exercised as it is a contagious disease. The Cheetah is currently healthy, so there is no need for any concern," said Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Ishwar.