Orangutan’s death prompts tough questions about health connections

After Mahal, the Milwaukee County Zoo’s 5-year-old orangutan, died suddenly, veterinarians and other scientists launched an investigation that would span past and present, several countries, multiple types of evidence and consideration of zoonotic diseases before answers were uncovered. In the end, scientists concluded Mahal died from a newly identified tapeworm species, but exactly where and how the animal contracted the parasite — and whether the tapeworm species can infect humans — remains unknown.Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (3/9)

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