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Old 01-24-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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Emerging Infectious Diseases: Bridging the Gap Between Humans and Wildlife
By Peter Daszak
Biodiversity and Human Health: EIDs Bridging the Gap Between Humans and Wildlife

"but if these diseases were emerging in parallel with the same environmental changes that drive EIDs of humans, why the delay in labeling them emerging? Perhaps the time lag between the human EID and wildlife EID movements reflects natural anthropocentric concerns? Cunningham thinks this is short sighted. "Consider the major emerging disease threats to humans: AIDS, Hantavirus, Lyme disease, Influenza, Ebola virus--they're all either zoonotic or have resulted from pathogens switching hosts from wild animal reservoirs."


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Article goes on to give examples of how disease plays a role in conservation of wildlife.
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According to Dobson, "In terms of population regulation, parasites are probably much more powerful than predators, so assuming we can manage biodiversity and ignore pathogens is simply na´ve."
Interesting article and an area of biodiversity conservation to watch as more is learned.
I found the concerns about disease traveling corridors to reach other populations disquieting. A larger gene pool shared by wildlife traveling said corridors should have a better chance of surviving such incidences of emerging infectious disease, within normal sized populations. But some species populations are already dangerously low from other factors and might not survive . Seems the more we learn the more questions arise.
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