Special Issue "Wildlife Diseases"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Rita Tinoco Torres
Guest Editor
CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: Wildlife Conservation; Ecology; Climate Change; Ecology and Evolution; Conservation; Conservation Biology; Biodiversity; Wildlife Ecology; Natural Resource Management; Invasive Species

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As human populations grow and transform landscapes, contact with wildlife concurrently increases. Disease emergence has been an important consequence of this acceleration in interaction, with the majority of emerging infectious diseases in humans now arising from wildlife reservoirs. The recent coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is a stark reminder of the role that wildlife reservoirs play in public health. In fact, the wildlife–human interfaces are increasingly recognized as driving inter-species transmission between animals and subsequent potential spillover to humans, as they provide settings where wildlife and humans interact directly or indirectly. Given the intimate wildlife–human interface in many countries worldwide, wildlife species can represent key epidemiological links between humanized and natural areas.

We are now at an exciting and turning point where One Health can lead to a paradigm shift that will set the foundation to a more integrated and multidisciplinary action for addressing some of the major current challenges in infectious disease.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present recent research and reviews on the implications of wildlife–human interactions, exploring the role that wildlife plays in the emergence, maintenance, and dispersal of infectious diseases under the One Health framework, with the aim of stimulating interest, understanding, and exploration of this important subject.

Dr. Rita Tinoco Torres
Guest Editor

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  • zoonoses
  • One Health
  • infectious diseases
  • wildlife

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Twenty Years of Passive Disease Surveillance of Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) in Slovenia
Animals 2021, 11(2), 407; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11020407 - 05 Feb 2021
In this paper, we provide an overview of the causes of death of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) diagnosed within the national passive health surveillance of roe deer in Slovenia. From 2000 to 2019, postmortem examinations of 510 free-ranging roe deer provided [...] Read more.
In this paper, we provide an overview of the causes of death of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) diagnosed within the national passive health surveillance of roe deer in Slovenia. From 2000 to 2019, postmortem examinations of 510 free-ranging roe deer provided by hunters were conducted at the Veterinary Faculty, Slovenia. A comprehensive necropsy was performed. According to the results of the necropsy, the samples were subjected to microscopic, histopathological, bacteriological, parasitological, or virological examination. The most frequent causes of death in roe deer were infectious diseases (67%), followed by noninfectious diseases (28%). Of all deaths, parasitic infections represented 48%, bacterial infections 14.8%, trauma 12.5%, and metabolic disorders 9.8%. Less frequent causes were diseases like neoplasia and mycotic infections, winter starvation, hernias, and lightning strike. This study covered an estimated 1% of the total disease-related mortality of roe deer in Slovenia. Comparisons of sex/age structure indicated that hunters did not provide random samples (e.g., young males were disproportionately represented). Therefore, such monitoring does not ensure an unbiased assessment of the significance of the individual disease for the mortality of the population; however, it can provide credible evidence of whether or not a particular disease is present in a population. We show that no identified disease in roe deer in Slovenia can be considered a significant health threat to roe deer, other wildlife species, or humans. Full article
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