Human Diseases from Wildlife

Michael R. Conover, Rosanna M. Vail

September 18, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 549 Pages - 225 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466562141 - CAT# K15961

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Features

  • Focuses on diseases that are a threat to wildlife biologists, hunters, campers, hikers, bird watchers, and people who spend time outside
  • Focuses on diseases that occur in the US and Canada, many of which are often national headline news (e.g., influenza and West Nile virus)
  • Presents the history and ecology of each disease, which animals serve as reservoirs for these pathogens, and how the pathogens are vectored to humans
  • Includes information on bacterial, spirochetal, rickettsial, and viral diseases as well as macroparasites and emerging zoonotic diseases
  • Emphasizes the role wildlife plays in harboring diseases and spreading them to humans in North America
  • Contains extensive appendices, suggested readings, and sidebars of interesting stories and facts on zoonotic diseases

Summary

Human Diseases from Wildlife presents information on the most prevalent and serious zoonotic diseases in the US and Canada, some of which have been national headline news like anthrax, influenza, and West Nile virus. Diseases that are caused by pathogens with the ability to infect both humans and animals are known as zoonotic diseases, which literally means "disease from animals."

The issue of human–wildlife disease interactions is a growing concern as humans continue to interface with wildlife. People who handle wildlife including field workers, wildlife professionals, trappers, and hunters want to know about potential diseases, risks, and how to protect themselves from disease.

This book was written because many people are uninformed about zoonotic diseases. This lack of information causes some people to have a heightened fear of zoonotic diseases, preventing them from enjoying wildlife or spending time outdoors. Other people needlessly expose themselves to disease by neglecting simple precautions.

This book includes information on bacterial, spirochetal, rickettsial, and viral diseases as well as macroparasites and emerging zoonotic diseases. More than two dozen diseases are covered including rabies, tularemia, baylisascariasis, salmonellosis, leprosy, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and swimmer’s itch.

Each chapter contains the history of the disease, symptoms in humans, medical treatment, transmission of pathogens to humans, the role of wildlife as vectors, and methods to minimize risk. The diseases people can contract from wild animals can be both threatening and fascinating, and the book includes interesting information to make it more enjoyable to read.