Removing the Threat of Diclofenac to Critically Endangered Asian Vultures

  title={Removing the Threat of Diclofenac to Critically Endangered Asian Vultures},
  author={Gerry E. Swan and Vinasan Naidoo and Richard J. Cuthbert and Rhys. E. Green and Deborah J. Pain and Devendra Swarup and Vibhu M. Prakash and Mark A. Taggart and Lizette Bekker and Devojit Das and J{\"o}rg Diekmann and Maria Diekmann and Elmari{\'e} Killian and Andrew A. Meharg and Ramesh Chandra Patra and Mohini Saini and Kerri. Wolter},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
Veterinary use of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug diclofenac in South Asia has resulted in the collapse of populations of three vulture species of the genusGyps to the most severe category of global extinction risk. Vultures are exposed to diclofenac when scavenging on livestock treated with the drug shortly before death. Diclofenac causes kidney damage, increased serum uric acid concentrations, visceral gout, and death. Concern about this issue led the Indian Government to… 

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