Does Confirmed Pathogen Transfer between Sanctuary Workers and Great Apes Mean that Reintroduction Should not Occur?
Commentary on “Drug-resistant human Staphylococcus aureus findings in sanctuary apes and its threat to wild ape populations”
Article first published online: 16 AUG 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Volume 74, Issue 12, pages 1076–1083, December 2012
How to Cite
UNWIN, S., ROBINSON, I., SCHMIDT, V., COLIN, C., FORD, L. and HUMLE, T. (2012), Does Confirmed Pathogen Transfer between Sanctuary Workers and Great Apes Mean that Reintroduction Should not Occur?. Am. J. Primatol., 74: 1076–1083. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22069
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 16 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 4 JUL 2012
- risk analysis;
- Staphylococcus aureus;
This commentary discusses the findings and conclusions of the paper “Drug resistant human Staphylococcus aureus findings in sanctuary apes and its threat to wild ape populations.” This paper confirms the zoonotic transfer of Staphylococcus aureus in a sanctuary setting. The assertion that this in itself is enough to reconsider the conservation potential of ape reintroduction provides an opportunity to discuss risk analysis of pathogen transmission, following IUCN guidelines, using S. aureus as an example. It is concluded that ape reintroduction projects must have disease risk mitigation strategies that include effective biosecurity protocols and pathogen surveillance. These strategies will assist with creating a well planned and executed reintroduction. This provides one way to enforce habitat protection, to minimise human encroachment and the risks from the illegal wildlife trade. Thus reintroduction must remain a useful tool in the conservation toolbox. Am. J. Primatol. 74:1076-1083, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.