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Emerging Infectious Diseases in Free-Ranging Wildlife–Australian Zoo Based Wildlife Hospitals Contribute to National Surveillance

Keren Cox-Witton1*, Andrea Reiss2, Rupert Woods1, Victoria Grillo1, Rupert T. Baker3, David J. Blyde4, Wayne Boardman, Stephen Cutter6, Claude Lacasse7, Helen McCracken8, Michael Pyne9, Ian Smith5, Simone Vitali10, Larry Vogelnest11, Dion Wedd6, Martin Phillips2, Chris Bunn12, Lyndel Post12

Australian Wildlife Health Network, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
2 Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
3 Healesville Sanctuary, Zoos Victoria, Healesville, Victoria, Australia
4 Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
5 Adelaide Zoo, Zoos South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
6 Territory Wildlife Park, Berry Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
7 Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Beerwah, Queensland, Australia
8 Melbourne Zoo, Zoos Victoria, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
9 Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia
10 Perth Zoo, South Perth, Western Australia, Australia
11 Taronga Zoo, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Emerging infectious diseases are increasingly originating from wildlife. Many of these diseases have significant impacts on human health, domestic animal health, and biodiversity. Surveillance is the key to early detection of emerging diseases. A zoo based wildlife disease surveillance program developed in Australia incorporates disease information from free-ranging wildlife into the existing national wildlife health information system. This program uses a collaborative approach and provides a strong model for a disease surveillance program for free-ranging wildlife that enhances the national capacity for early detection of emerging diseases.


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  • 2013
  • Biogeography
  • Biology
  • Chlamydia
  • Diet
  • Disease
  • Ecology
  • Ellis
  • Eucalyptus
  • Genetics
  • Habitat
  • Infection
  • Interventions
  • Koala
  • Lunney
  • Threats
  • Timms
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