Canine distemper virus (CDV) is recognized as a conservation threat to Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) in Russia, but the risk to other subspecies remains unknown. We detected CDV neutralizing antibodies in nine of 21 wild-caught Sumatran tigers (42.9%), including one sampled on the day of capture, confirming exposure in the wild.

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Taman Safari Indonesia, Jalan Kapten Harun Kabir No. 724, Cibeureum, Cisarua, Bogor, 16750, Indonesia


Primate Research Center, Institute of Research and Community Service, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB University), Jalan Lodaya ll/5, Bogor, 16151, Indonesia


Cornell Wildlife Health Center, Wild Carnivore Health Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, 240 Farrier Road, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA


Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand


Diagnosis and Monitoring of Animal Pathogens Research Unit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand