Wildlife disease


Wildlife disease

Wildlife, domestic animals and humans share a large and increasing number of infectious diseases. The continued globalization of society, human population growth, and associated landscape changes further enhances the interface between wildlife, domestic animals, and humans, thereby facilitating additional infectious disease emergence. These interfaces are such that a century-old concept of “The One Medicine” is receiving greater attention because of the need to address these diseases across species if their economic, social, and other impacts are to be effectively minimized. The wildlife component of this triad has received inadequate focus in the past to effectively protect human health as evidenced by such contemporary diseases as SARS, Lyme disease, West Nile Fever, and a host of other emerging diseases. Further, habitat loss and other factors associated with human-induced landscape changes have reduced past ability for many wildlife populations to overcome losses due to various causes. This disease emergence and resurgence has reached unprecedented importance for the sustainability of desired population levels for many wildlife populations and for the long-term survival of some species.

The [http://wildlifedisease.nbii.gov Wildlife Disease Information Node] , a component of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, is a public information clearinghouse for wildlife disease materials, such as news, fact-sheets, images, and articles.

Links

* [http://wildlifedisease.nbii.gov Wildlife Disease Information Node]
* [http://www.nbii.gov National Biological Information Infrastructure]
* [http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/ USGS National Wildlife Health Center]
* [http://wildlifedisease.nbii.gov/wdinNewsDigestMap.jsp Wildlife Disease News Around the World]

References


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