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Wildlife populations may be a significant source of infection for humans and domestic animals while in some cases being themselves endangered by pathogens. The development of sustainable approaches to the management of wildlife diseases is fundamental to the protection of human health, agriculture, and endangered species. Managing disease in free-ranging wild mammals presents serious challenges, however, because of their often complex ecology and social behavior, which can undermine simplistic assumptions about the dynamics of disease and responses to intervention.
The text presents discussion of basic approaches to disease management, with reference to specific challenges presented by wild mammal populations and in the light of the results of recent research at the interfaces between disease epidemiology, host ecology, and wildlife management. Further chapters are devoted to surveillance, contingency planning, the application of mathematical models and cost-benefit analysis, and the special case of endangered species. This book provides an authoritative contemporary review of the major issues and challenges in the management of disease in wild mammals.
1 The Science of Wildlife Disease Management Richard J. Delahay, Graham C. Smith, and Michael R. Hutchings 2 Wildlife Population Structure and Parasite Transmission: Implications for Disease Management Paul C. Cross, Julian Drewe, Victoria Patrek, Gareth Pearce, Michael D. Samuel, and Richard J. Delahay 3 Assessment of Transmission Rates and Routes, and the Implications for Management Peter Caley, Glenn Marion, and Michael R. Hutchings 4 Modelling Disease Dynamics and Management Scenarios Graham C. Smith, Glenn Marion, Steve Rushton, Dirk Pfeiffer, Hans H. Thulke, Dirk Eisinger, and Michael R. Hutchings 5 An Economic Perspective on Wildlife Disease Management Richard Bennett, Graham C. Smith, and Ken Willis 6 Options for the Control of Disease 1: Targeting the Infectious or Parasitic Agent Jean Blancou, Marc Artois, Emmanuelle Gilot-Fromont, Volker Kaden, Sophie Rossi, Graham C. Smith, Michael R. Hutchings, Mark A. Chambers, Steve Houghton, and Richard J. Delahay 7 Options for the Control of Disease 2: Targeting Hosts Stephen P. Carter, Sugoto S. Roy, Dave P. Cowan, Giovanna Massei, Graham C. Smith, Weihong Ji, Sophie Rossi, Rosie Woodroffe, Gavin J. Wilson, and Richard J. Delahay 8 Options for the Control of Disease 3: Targeting the Environment Alastair I. Ward, Kurt C. VerCauteren, W. David Walter, Emmanuelle Gilot-Fromont, Sophie Rossi, Gareth Edwards-Jones, Mark S. Lambert, Michael R. Hutchings, and Richard J. Delahay 9 Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning for Exotic Disease Introductions Vicky S. Jackson, Selene Huntley, Alex Tomlinson, Graham C. Smith, Mike A. Taylor, and Richard J. Delahay 10 Wildlife Disease Surveillance and Monitoring Marc Artois, Roy Bengis, Richard J. Delahay, Marie-Jose Duchene, J. Paul Duff, Ezio Ferroglio, Christian Gortazar, Michael R. Hutchings, Richard A. Kock, Frederick A. Leighton, Torsten Morner, and Graham C. Smith 11 Disease Management in Endangered Mammals Andrew C. Breed, Raina K. Plowright, David T. S. Hayman, Darryn L. Knobel, Fieke M. Molenaar, David Gardner?Roberts, Sarah Cleaveland, Dan T. Haydon, Richard A. Kock, Andrew A. Cunningham, Anthony W. Sainsbury, and Richard J. Delahay Glossary References Index
From the reviews: "Heading a large, diverse herd of contributors, Richard Delahay, Graham Smith and Michael Hutchings have now produced an excellent survey of current concepts and research techniques for studying infections in wild mammals, and strategies for their management. Appetising for all biologists, the 11 chapters cover not only familiar conditions ! but also infections ranging from chronic wasting disease in deer to facial tumour disease in Tasmanian devils. Especially valuable are case studies on topics such as European brown hare syndrome ! ." (Bernard Dixon, Biologist, Vol. 56 (3), August, 2009)