Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals and Birds in Europe

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Dolorés Gavier-Widen, Anna Meredith, J. Paul Duff
Wiley, Jul 5, 2012 - Medical - 568 pages
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Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals and Birds in Europe is a key resource on the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases in European wildlife that covers the distinctive nature of diseases as they occur in Europe, including strains, insect vectors, reservoir species, and climate, as well as geographical distribution of the diseases and European regulations for reporting, diagnosis and control. Divided into sections on viral infections, bacterial infections, fungal and yeast infections, and prion infections, this definitive reference provides valuable information on disease classification and properties, causative agents, epidemiology, pathogenesis, and implications for human, domestic and wild animal health.

Key features:
• Brings together extensive research from many different disciplines into one integrated and highly useful definitive reference.
• Zoonotic risks to human health, as well as risks to pets and livestock are highlighted.
• Each disease is covered separately with practical information on the animal species in which the disease has been recorded, clinical signs of the disease, diagnostic methods, and recommended treatments and vaccination.
• Wildlife vaccination and disease surveillance techniques are described.
• Examines factors important in the spread of disease such as changing climate, the movement of animals through trade, and relaxations in the control of wide animal populations.

Written by a team of pathologists, epidemiologists and clinicians from across Europe,. This is the definitive resource to infectious diseases of wild mammals and birds in Europe. It will be an invaluable reference for veterinarians, conservation biologists, epidemiologists, and wildlife researchers, managers, rehabilitators and students.

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About the author (2012)

Dolores Gavier-Widén, DVM, MS, PhD, Associate Professorat the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Deputy Head ofDepartment of Pathology and Wildlife Diseases, National VeterinaryInstitute (SVA), Uppsala, Sweden. Dolores is the president of theWildlife Disease Association (WDA) (2012-2013) and past-president(2006-2008) of the European Section of WDA (EWDA). She is reviewerfor many journals, and has written book chapters and manyscientific papers. Dolores has worked on wildlife disease researchinternationally, in particular on tuberculosis, calicivirusinfection of leporids, prion diseases, and on the ongoing EUproject "Novel technologies for surveillance of emerging andre-emerging infections of wildlife". She is consultant for EFSA,EC, research agencies and veterinary and public healthorganisations. She has worked on wildlife pathology and diagnosticsof infectious diseases of free-ranging and farmed wild mammals andbirds for more than 20 years.

J. Paul Duff, BSc (zool), MVB, MSc, MRCVS, is based atAHVLA, Penrith, Cumbria, UK. Paul is the past-president of the EWDA(2009-2010) and a past Council member of the British VeterinaryZoological Society. He is a veterinary surgeon and zoologist whohas worked for more than 20 years investigating disease in wildanimals, exotic animals and livestock. Since 1998, he has been theproject leader for the AHVLA Diseases of Wildlife Scheme(AHVLADoWS). This is the first government funded scheme for theinvestigation and surveillance of wildlife diseases in England andWales. Since 1995, editor of the OIE Annual Report, ‘WildlifeDiseases in the UK' which officially summarises wildlife diseasereported in the UK each year for the Office Internationald'Epizooties (the World Animal Health Association). He is projectleader, with Dolores Gavier-Widén, for the EU sponsored‘Wildlife related emerging diseases and zoonoses', SpecialInterest Group.

Anna Meredith MA VetMB PhD CertLAS DZooMed MRCVS, RCVSRecognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Head ofExotic Animal and Wildlife Service, Royal (Dick) School ofVeterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Hospital for SmallAnimals, UK. Anna has extensive publication and book editingexperience in the exotic animal and wildlife field, as well asbeing actively involved in many areas of ongoing wildlife research,including red squirrel and osprey surveillance in Scotland, and iscurrently carrying out full time DEFRA- funded research intoemerging diseases in UK wildlife. She is a past president of theBritish Veterinary Zoological Society and a member of EWDA andEAZWV. She teaches wildlife medicine to veterinarians at bothundergraduate and postgraduate level.

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