Australian university Scientists have decided to help the island’s koala population healthier with a Chlamydia vaccine for the marsupials. The University of the Sunshine Coast said this month that it had started the third phase of a clinical trial for an experimental vaccine.
Chlamydia can be deadly for animals. It causes complications similar to those in humans if left untreated, including pinkeye, genital pain, discharge and cysts. The study published in 2019 said that nearly half of the koalas in one geographic area of Australia tested positive for the infection, and many of those that tested positive were also infertile.
They will be divided into two groups: 200 will get the single-shot vaccine, and 200 will be in a control group.Timms said his team was working with vaccine manufacturers and government regulators to speed the release of a vaccine in case the trial results are positive.