December 11, 2009

In the Spotligh - Disease Emergence and Resurgence: The Wildlife-Human Connection

Making the Wildlife – Human Connection for a Holistic Approach to Disease Prevention and Control

Prepared by the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this informative publication, Disease Emergence and Resurgence: The Wildlife-Human Connection, was released in 2006. It is available in its entirety to download from the NWHC web site.

[Excerpt from web site description] This publication focuses on disease emergence in wildlife, the general importance of wild animals as sentinels for disease emergence, and critical issues regarding wildlife as sources for zoonotic disease (diseases transmissible between humans and animals). This publication’s content and writing style contribute to general public understanding of emerging and resurging wildlife disease; at the same time, it also addresses complex material and delves into scientific information useful for audiences with technical backgrounds…

It is designed to enhance public awareness of (a) the magnitude of disease emergence in free-living wildlife populations; (b) the importance of wildlife as a component of emerging zoonoses, and (c) the role of human actions and inactions in contributing to disease emergence and resurgence in wildlife. The target audience is broad, from the wildlife conservation community to the general public to college students taking courses in wildlife disease and public health.

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