Ecology of Emerging Viral and Bacterial Diseases in Wildlife
any types of microorganisms are carried by wildlife. Some of these organisms cause human disease. Some impact agricultural animal health and agricultural biosecurity. Both types are of considerable concern to the USDA. Risks from these pathogens must be identified and management plans developed to limit risks. Scientists with this Project will develop ways to estimate how much of a threat individual disease organisms pose to humans and agricultural animals (e.g. cattle, chickens).
These "risk assessments" will involve coordination with Wildlife Services national and state operational programs, state agriculture and health agencies and other stakeholders. The assessments will include a summary report on the economic impact of the pathogen, zoonotic (transmission from animal to human) potential of the pathogen, the role of wildlife as a host or reservoir for the pathogen, a determination of laboratory and field support needed for a passive or active surveillance effort, the potential for various management options, and the effort needed for surveillance to develop a risk assessment or management plan.
Project Leader: Dr. Alan B. Franklin,
Fort Collins, Colorado 80521
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Last Modified: December 22, 2012