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Moving beyond too little, too late: managing emerging infectious diseases in wild populations requires international policy and partnerships

October 1, 2014

Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are on the rise due to multiple factors, including human facilitated movement of pathogens, broad-scale landscape changes, and perturbations to ecological systems (Jones et al. 2008; Fisher et al. 2012). Epidemics in wildlife are problematic because they can lead to pathogen spillover to new host organisms, erode biodiversity and threaten ecosystems that sustain human societies (Fisher et al. 2012; Kilpatrick 2011). There have been recent calls for large-scale research approaches to combat threats EIDs pose to wildlife (Sleeman 2013). While it is true that developing new analytical models, diagnostic assays and molecular tools will significantly avance outr abilities to respond to disease threats, we also propose that addressing difficult problems in EIDs will require considerable shofts in international health policy and infrastructure. While there are currently international organizations responsbile for rapidly initiating and coordinating preventative measures to control infectious diseases in human, livestock, and arable systems, there are few comparable instiutions that have the authority to implement transnational responses to EIDs in wildlife. This absence of well-developed infastructure hampers the rapid responses necessary to mitigate international spread of EIDs.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Moving beyond too little, too late: managing emerging infectious diseases in wild populations requires international policy and partnerships
DOI 10.1007/s10393-014-0980-5
Authors Jamie Voyles, A. Marm Kilpatrick, James P. Collins, Matthew C. Fisher, Winifred F. Frick, Hamish I. McCallum, Craig K. R. Willis, David S. Blehert, Kris A. Murray, Robert Puschendorf, Erica Bree Rosenblum, Benjamin M. Bolker, Tina L. Cheng, Kate E. Langwig, Daniel L. Linder, Mary Toothman, Mark Q. Wilber, Cheryl J. Briggs
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title EcoHealth
Index ID 70134827
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center

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