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Caption: Coquerel's sifakas, like this mother-baby pair, are the only lemur species out of 17 at the Duke Lemur Center to fall prey to Cryptosporidium, a waterborne illness that causes weakness and diarrhea. Young sifakas are more likely to get sick, but if researchers can figure out how older animals manage to fight the infection, they might be able to develop vaccines that provide infants the same protection.
Credit: David Haring, Duke Lemur Center
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