Koala chlamydia vaccine study exceeds expectations

A world-first QUT study led by Professor Ken Beagley from the Centre for Immunology and Infection Control to vaccinate a wild koala population in Elanora on the Gold Coast against deadly chlamydia has exceeded expectations.

The Chlamydia bacteria continues to decimate koala populations Australia-wide, causing blindness, infertility, and urinary tract infections. Professor Ken Beagley and his team developed a trial vaccine after 10 years of hard work in the laboratory, in captive-bred koalas and wild koalas.

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