Poultry, Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences

Poultry, Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences
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ISSN: 2375-446X

Zoonotic Disease

Zoonotic diseases are diseases of animals that can be transmitted to humans; for example avian influenza, anthrax and rabies. Wildlife plays a key role by providing a ‘zoonotic pool’ from which new diseases may emerge. The majority (60%) of emerging infectious diseases in humans are caused by zoonotic pathogens and 72% of these have a wildlife origin. Human encroachment on shrinking wildlife habitats can cause increased wildlife population densities which can boost disease transmission risks.2, 4 Also, increased human population density is linked to a rise in the number of zoonotic infections in humans.

Related Journals of Animal-Welfare:

Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, European Journal of Wildlife Research, Wildlife Monographs

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