Infectious diseases and the illegal wildlife trade

Andrés Gómez, A Alonso Aguirre
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 2008, 1149: 16-9
We provide a compilation of pathogens directly associated with illegally traded wildlife. We find that these pathogens span the gamut of taxonomic origins, affect most vertebrate taxa, and can have negative consequences for human and animal health and the global economy. Significantly, published health assessments of illegally traded wild animals are extremely scarce, making the results of this survey an underestimation of the true extent of the problem. Concerted action aimed at preventing further negative health effects is warranted.

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