Infectious Diseases of Wild Birds
by Nancy J. Thomas, D. Bruce Hunter, Carter T. Atkinson in 2007
Infectious Diseases of Wild Birds, FREE-LIVING BIRDS encounter multiple health hazards brought on by viruses, bacteria, and fungi, some which in turn can signiﬁcantly impact other animal populations and human health.Newly emerging diseases and new zoonotic forms of older diseases have brought increased global attention to the health of wild bird populations. Recognition and management of these diseases are higher priorities for all those involved with wildlife.
Infectious Diseases of Wild Birds provides biologists, wildlife managers, wildlife and veterinary health professionals, and students with the most comprehensive reference on infectious viral, bacterial, and fungal diseases affecting wild birds. Bringing together contributions from an international team of experts, the book offers the most complete information on these diseases, their history, causative agents, signiﬁcance, and population impact. Focusing on more than just treatment, special emphasis is given to disease processes, recognition, and epidemiology.
This book focuses on diseases affecting free-living wild birds and the agents that cause them. Relevant information and examples are drawn from captive birds or poultry in order to ﬁll in gaps in data or to provide lessons for managers of captive-rearing programs, as captive reintroduction programs are becoming increasingly important for supplementing wild populations of threatened and endangered species. Biologists and wildlife managers, wildlife and veterinary students, professionals in the ﬁelds of animal health and wildlife disease, and evolutionary biologists with interests in disease ecology should all ﬁnd this book to be a valuable reference.
The chapters cover classical waterfowl diseases, such as avian cholera, botulism, and poultry disease agents that have taken on new dimensions in wild birds (Newcastle disease, mycoplasmosis, and duck plague). New dis-eases (circoviral, papilloma and polyomaviral diseases) have risen since the original volume in 1971, and some older diseases, such as avian inﬂuenza, have acquired global signiﬁcance in new zoonotic forms. Included among the chapters are disease agents that are less signiﬁcant to wild bird health but are important to human health, in which wild birds play an important role in the epizootiologic cycle (certain arboviruses and Borrelias).
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