oa Journal of the South African Veterinary Association - Rabies in kudus (tragelaphUs strepsiceros) in South West Africa / Namibia

Volume 52, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1019-9128
  • E-ISSN: 2224-9435



A serious outbreak of rabies amongst kudus in South West African Namibia has accounted for the deaths of an estimated 10 000 of them since 1977. The outbreak coincided with a few years of above average rainfall with a resultant improvement in vegetation and an increase in the population density of kudus and jackals. The incorporation of game, especially kudus into the farming industry in South West African Namibia and the greater awareness of farmers of the need of protecting them contributed to the population increase of kudus.

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