Special Issue "Advances and New insights in Laboratory Diagnosis of Infectious (Viral and Bacterial) Diseases in Wildlife Conservation Medicine"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 3990
Interests: virology; morbillivirus; parvovirus; microbiology; wildlife; avian and mammalian infectious diseases; antimicrobial resistance
Interests: viral and bacterial infections of domestic and wild animals; laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases; viral isolation and characterization; microbiology; molecular biology; PCR; RT-PCR; qPCR; sequence analysis; antimicrobial resistance in domestic animals and wildlife
Interests: wildlife disease monitoring; wildlife disease ecology; capture and handling methods for wildlife research and management; wildlife forensics; wildlife conservation and management (large carnivores and ungulates); conservation medicine; wildlife-livestock interface; human/wildlife coexistence
Wildlife conservation medicine requires adequate tools for the diagnosis of emergent or re-emergent diseases, able to menace the survival of threatened free-ranging species, or potentially transmissible to the humans. Many laboratory tests are specifically designed for domestic species, and their sensitivity and specificity in wild animals are unknown. In recent years, a lot of progress has been achieved in the diagnosis of infectious diseases in wildlife, but more appropriate investigations are necessary to improve the capacity to quickly detect pathogens in these species, starting from innovative, non-invasive sampling methods, applying new technologies for exhaustive antigenic/genetic characterization of the microorganisms, and choosing more appropriate tools for data analysis and surveillance/monitoring plan design. Furthermore, estimating transmission across host species remains a key challenge in disease ecology. Animal behavior investigation, for example, by means of telemetry data from radio-collared animals, is just as important a tool to study wildlife and human disease dynamics but remains difficult to investigate for researchers.
The aim of this Special Issue is to publish original paper or reviews focused on more innovative methodologies and techniques to diagnose viral and bacterial infections in wild species (terrestrial and aquatic), with special focus on the diseases and their dynamics that have recently emerged as consequences of the environmental changes caused by the anthropogenic activities.
Prof. Dr. Cristina Esmeralda Di Francesco
Dr. Camilla Smoglica
Dr. Simone Angelucci
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- Viral infection
- Bacterial infection
- Laboratory diagnosis
- Pathogen characterization