Panda death toll rises in Shaanxi after outbreak of contagious viral disease

By Cecilia Wang, January 6, 2015

0 0

A giant panda named Dabao is confirmed yesterday to have died after contracting canine distemper virus at the Wild Animal Rescue and Research Center in Zhouzhi County, Shaanxi Province.

The death of Dabao has brought the panda death toll from the viral illness to two, after an eight-year-old panda named Chengcheng died on December 9, 2014.

Another two have been diagnosed with the disease and are under intensive care, while there are another four suspected cases.

More than 30 veterinarians from across the country have flown in to treat the sick pandas, when the 18 uninfected pandas at the center have been transferred to several different natural reserve centers throughout the province.

Canine distemper is highly contagious and serious, and there is no known cure.

According to the lasted research, there are fewer than 1,600 giant pandas in the world, with 273 in the province of Shaanxi.

[images via Ecns]

READ: Giant panda dies in Sichuan - is a savage marten onslaught to blame?

more news

Shaanxi university beats 'Straight-A Dog' to death

Beloved campus mascot bludgeoned by campus authorities and thrown in rubbish bin.

Update: Death toll for Taiwan's GE222 disaster rises to 48 as some blame TransAsia for recklessness

48 people have been confirmed dead after last night's GE-222 disaster in Penghu County, Taiwan, with the remaining ten on board still in hospital.

Macau bear-eaved by death of prized panda Xin Xin

Xin Xin, a female giant panda given as a gift from Beijing to the Asian gambling hub of Macau in 2010, died from kidney failure on Sunday.

Shanxi tunnel explosion death toll rises to 31

The death toll from a tunnel explosion in Shanxi province has risen to 31, with a further nine people still missing.

Henan zoo denies accusations of unsafe conditions after panda death

A giant panda that was previously reported as 'missing' from a Henan zoo, turns out to be dead.

Xi Jinping visits Shandong as death toll in Qingdao oil pipeline blast rises to 52

The official death toll from the oil pipeline explosion which rocked the Shandong city of Qingdao Friday has risen to 52, over 130 people remain in hospital.

PHOTOS: Take a Look at the Real Santa's Workshop

How your Christmas decorations are made.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives