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Disease in Wild Animals: Investigation and Management

By: Gary A Wobeser

430 pages, 17 illus

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Mar 2007 | Edition: 2 | #164986 | ISBN-13: 9783540489740
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About this book

Gary Wobeser's successful book from 1994 ("Investigation and Management of Disease in Wild Animals") has been completely updated and enlarged in a new second edition. An in-depth overview of the available techniques for the investigation and management of disease in free-ranging animals is provided. The subjects are illustrated with examples drawn from around the world, with emphasis on the special requirements involved in working with wild animals. Techniques are assessed critically with regard to their efficacy and effectiveness. The book draws on the author's training as a wildlife biologist and veterinarian and his experience over four decades with wildlife disease.

From the reviews of the first edition "... has done an admirable job of outlining the problems associated with diagnosing and controlling disease in wildlife populations. ... The author has commendably presented a difficult topic and has shown that the usually successful approach to treating disease in domestic animals is extremely difficult and rarely successful in wildlife populations. ... I recommend this book to all who are looking for an introduction to the investigation and managment of disease in wildlife." (Canadian Veterinary Journal) "... the author has made a major contribution to the field by providing a conceptual framework for wildlife disease investigations and by highlighting the inadequacies that often exist. His willingness to challenge dogma and constructively present perspectives based on a combination of extensive literature review, personal experiences, and beliefs is one of the values of this well organized and easy to read publication. ... this publication should be read by biologists, administrators, and disease specialists having responsibility for combatting disease in populations of free-living wildlife." (Journal of Wildlife Diseases)


Contents

SECTION I: INTRODUCTION 1. Disease and epizootiology - basic principles 2. Special problems in working with free-living animals SECTION II: DISEASE INVESTIGATION 3. Identifying and defining a disease 4. Collecting population data 5 Defining environmental variables 6. Formulating and testing hypotheses 7. Samples, sampling and sample collection 8. Investigation of disease outbreaks and chronic or inapparent disease 9. Records and record keeping SECTION III: DISEASE MANAGEMENT 10. Disease management -- general principles 11. Management of the causative agent/factor or its vector 12. Disease management through manipulation of the host population 13. Disease management through treatment and immunization 14. Disease management through environmental modification 15. Disease management through influencing human activities 16. Emergency and integrated management programs 17. Assessing the effectiveness of a disease management program Common and scientific names of animals REFERENCES INDEX

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