About 400 Australian koalas will be vaccinated against chlamydia, which could be critical to their long-term survival

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In Australia, at least 400 koalas will be vaccinated against chlamydia, bacterial sexually transmitted disease, as part of a clinical trial that, according to the researchers, could be essential for the long-term survival of the species, pick up Reuters.

Each of the koalas that will participate in the tests will receive a dose of the drug and will be microchipped before being released into the wild. Although in many cases chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics, scientists estimate that the vaccine will improve reproduction rates, as well as their living conditions.

“While this vaccine will directly benefit individual animals, the trial will also focus on the protection provided by the drug,” said Peter Timms, professor of microbiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, who led the trial.

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that causes debilitating conjunctivitis, bladder infections, and sometimes infertility. The disease, also present in humans, has infected about half of the population of these marsupials in some areas of Australia, a country in which it is estimated that there are some 330,000 copies.

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