Milwaukee Mystery

When Milwaukee County Zoo orangutan Mahal died mysteriously in December 2012, scientists feared that whatever killed him might pose a danger to other animals and to humans. Since 1940, more than 60% of infectious diseases have been zoonotic — passing from animals to humans.
 
Every year, these diseases account for about 2.7 million human deaths. After sending Mahal’s body to a lab for pathogen testing, researchers spent the next 3 years investigating. Their findings revealed a new species of tapeworm that was likely already in Mahal’s system when he left a Colorado zoo for Milwaukee four years before his death.
 
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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