Wildlife mortality involving bongos, Tragelaphus eurycerus, and other
ungulates was investigated in the north of the Congo Republic in 1997.
Four bongos, one forest buffalo, Syncerus caffer nanus, and one domestic
sheep were examined and sampled. Although an outbreak of rinderpest had
been suspected, it was found that the animals, which had been weakened
by an Elaeophora sagitta infection and possibly also by adverse
climatic conditions, had been exsanguinated and driven to exhaustion by
an unusual plague of Stomoxys omega.
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