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Wildlife as source of zoonotic infections

Hilde Kruse, Anne-Mette kirkemo, Kjell Handeland
Emerging Infectious Diseases 2004, 10 (12): 2067-72
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Zoonoses with a wildlife reservoir represent a major public health problem, affecting all continents. Hundreds of pathogens and many different transmission modes are involved, and many factors influence the epidemiology of the various zoonoses. The importance and recognition of wildlife as a reservoir of zoonoses are increasing. Cost-effective prevention and control of these zoonoses necessitate an interdisciplinary and holistic approach and international cooperation. Surveillance, laboratory capability, research, training and education, and communication are key elements.

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