Wildlife Disease

Wildlife, domestic animals, and humans share a large and increasing number of infectious diseases. In the past, more attention has focused on humans and domestic animals and less attention has been paid to the role of wildlife in disease emergence. Contemporary diseases as Avian Influenza, Lyme disease, H1N1 Flu, West Nile Virus, and other emerging diseases demonstrate the need for more focus on wildlife.

The continued globalization of society, human population growth, and associated landscape changes will further enhance interfaces between wildlife, domestic animals, and humans, thereby facilitating additional infectious disease emergence. In addition, habitat loss and other factors associated with human-induced landscape changes have reduced past ability for many wildlife populations to overcome losses due to various causes. This disease emergence and resurgence has reached unprecedented importance for the sustainability of desired population levels for many wildlife populations and for the long-term survival of some species.

Efforts are currently underway to minimize economic, social, and other disease impacts for the benefits of free-ranging wildlife and human society.

These wildlife diseases have important economic and ecological consequences in the Mountain Prairie region:

Learn About Wildlife Disease

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The NBII Wildlife Disease Information Node is a collaborative project working to provide access to data on wildlife diseases, mortality events, and other critical information related to wildlife diseases. The audience is state and federal resource managers, animal disease specialists, veterinary diagnostic laboratories, physicians, public health workers, educators, and the general public.

Visit the Wildlife Disease Node to learn more about avian influenza, chronic wasting disease, West Nile Virus, and other diseases organized by species and type. Or, explore the Wildlife Health Monitoring Network, try the interactive maps, or search related publications.

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