In Emerging Avian Disease, new human disease pandemics, arising from animals stimulated by ongoing environmental change, demonstrate the value of ornithological research into avian diseases. A group of 29 researchers address a diverse set of topics, including the evolutionary and ecological aspects of the host-vector systems, the effects of genetic variation, introduction success and vector ecology, evolution of resistance and virulence of pathogens, and the effects of changing geographic distributions. In addition to empirical studies under field conditions, the authors present predictive models to assess the movement and potential impact of these diseases. Other chapters delve into the potential impacts of pathogens and the key role of biosurveillance and documenting impacts of disease on bird populations.
"Written by leaders in the field of avian infectious diseases, Emerging Avian Disease is especially timely considering the many challenges birds face in these times of rapid environmental change. The book includes examples of bacterial, viral, and parasitic pathogens and their impacts on avian populations, as well as monitoring strategies, and is a valuable resource for academic and field ornithologists."
– Ravinder Nm Sehgal, San Francisco State University
"Emerging Avian Disease brings to the forefront the commonalities of infectious disease throughout the avian, wildlife, veterinary, and human health communities. The authors hail from a wide variety of disciplines, among them ornithology, parasitology, virology, immunology, and medicine. This compendium is a solid step toward forging a true One Health culture that understands the common links between wildlife and human health."
– Nicholas Komar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Ellen Paul is Executive Director of the Ornithological Council.