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Wildlife and Emerging Zoonotic Diseases: The Biology, Circumstances and Consequences of Cross-Species Transmission

  • James E. Childs
  • John S. Mackenzie
  • Jürgen A. Richt

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 315)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. E. C. Holmes, A. J. Drummond
    Pages 51-66
  3. R. J. Webby, R. G. Webster, Jürgen A. Richt
    Pages 67-83
  4. S. Cleaveland, D. T. Haydon, L. Taylor
    Pages 85-111
  5. P. W. Daniels, K. Halpin, A. Hyatt, D. Middleton
    Pages 113-131
  6. H. E. Field, John S. Mackenzie, P. Daszak
    Pages 133-159
  7. L. H. Nel, C. E. Rupprecht
    Pages 161-193
  8. S. L. Klein, C. H. Calisher
    Pages 217-252
  9. J. P. Gonzalez, S. Emonet, X. de Lamballerie, R. Charrel
    Pages 253-288
  10. L. -F. Wang, B. T. Eaton
    Pages 325-344
  11. E. Leroy, J. P. Gonzalez, X. Pourrut
    Pages 363-387
  12. P. Daszak, J. H. Epstein, A. M. Kilpatrick, A. A. Aguirre, W. B. Karesh, A. A. Cunningham
    Pages 463-475
  13. Angela Merianos
    Pages 477-509

About this book


Wildlife and the zoonotic pathogens they reservoir are the source of most emerging infectious diseases of humans. AIDS, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, SARS, Monkeypox and the human ehrlichioses are a few examples of the devastating effect achieved by cross-species transmission of viral and bacterial pathogens of wildlife. Many factors contribute to the appearance and spread of a pathogen, including; changes in host/pathogen evolution and interaction, human demographics, behavior and technology, environmental factors, and the availability of health care and a public health infrastructure capable of providing surveillance and interventions aimed at disease prevention and control. Additionally, historical factors and the coalescence of particular circumstances modify the conditions by which pathogens and species have an opportunity to intermix, evolve and spread.

This volume provides an overview of zoonotic pathogen emergence with an emphasis on the role of wildlife. The first sections of the book explore the mechanisms by which evolution, biology, pathology, ecology, history, and current context have driven the emergence of different zoonotic agents, the next sections provide specific example of disease emergence linked to wildlife, and the final section offers an overview of current methods directed at the surveillance, prevention and control of zoonotic pathogens at the level of the wildlife host and possible mechanisms to improve these activities. This book will be useful to microbiologists, ecologists, zoologists, entomologists as well as physicians and epidemiologists.


Radiologieinformationssystem arenaviruses avian influenza diagnostics diseases genetics henipaviruses infection infectious infectious disease infectious disease modeling population prevention tuberculosis virus

Editors and affiliations

  • James E. Childs
    • 1
  • John S. Mackenzie
    • 2
  • Jürgen A. Richt
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and Center for Eco-EpidemiologYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Emerging Infectious DiseasesAustralian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, Curtin University of TechnologyPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Virus and Prion Diseases of Livestock Research UnitNational Animal Disease Center USDAUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Wildlife and Emerging Zoonotic Diseases: The Biology, Circumstances and Consequences of Cross-Species Transmission
  • Editors James E. Childs
    John S. Mackenzie
    Jürgen A. Richt
  • Series Title Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-70961-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-08996-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-70962-6
  • Series ISSN 0070-217X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 524
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Virology
    Infectious Diseases
    Tropical Medicine
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