Essentials of Disease in Wild Animals
October 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
This is the first introductory level book about disease in wild
animals that deals with basic subjects such as the nature of
disease, what causes disease, how disease is described and
measured, how diseases spread and persist and the effects of
disease on individual animals and populations. In contrast to
authors of many other veterinary books, Gary A. Wobeser takes a
more general approach to health in wild animals, recognizing that
disease is one ecological factor among many and that disease can
never be considered satisfactorily in isolation. Rather than focus
on individual causative agents and their effect on the individual
animal, the emphasis is on why disease occurred, and on the complex
interactions that occur among disease agents, the environment and
Written by a leading researcher in wildlife diseases, this book will fill a knowledge gap for those called to work with disease in wild animals who lack experience or training in the general features of disease as they relate to wild animals. Veterinarians, ecologists, wildlife biologists, population biologists and public health workers will find this book invaluable.
Chapter 2: What Is Disease?.
Chapter 3: What Causes Disease?.
Chapter 4: How Disease Is Detected, Described and Measured.
Chapter 5: Damage, Pathogenicity and Virulence.
Chapter 6: Defense, Resistance and Repair.
Chapter 7: Environmental Interactions.
Chapter 8: Transmission and Perpetuation of Infectious Disease.
Chapter 9: Noninfectious Disease: Nutrients and Toxicants.
Chapter 10: Effects of Disease on the Individual Animal.
Chapter 11: Effects of Disease on Populations of Animals.
Chapter 12: Diseases Shared with Humans and Domestic Animals.
Chapter 13: Disease Management.
Chapter 14: Round-up.
Scientific Names of Animals.
- A broad introduction to this multidisciplinary and multifaceted
- Provides a practical framework for those without a deep
understanding of diseases in wild animals
- Describes an ecological approach to the health of wild animals,
rather than a purely medical one
- Fully illustrated throughout