African Wildlife Diseases

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Welcome to African Wildlife Diseases

Africa has an exceptional diversity of wildlife, and by the nature of the world that we live in, as an extensive an array of diseases of wildlife, livestock, and humans. A large proportion of the existing information about these diseases is not published and is thus not accessible. This hidden information would add substantially to the ability of veterinarians, regulatory authorities, policy makers, and managers of conservation areas and wildlife ranches to conduct their affairs as they relate to the health and welfare of wildlife, and sustaining healthy ecosystems. This is a sad state of affairs given the extent of the knowledge that has been accumulated by individuals working in the field, and the benefit to society should it be accessible. To try and establish an accessible database to collate some of this information, everybody is invited to add to the information on this site provided it can be substantiated by specific references or laboratory reports confirming diagnoses.

Details of how to enter information and/or to create a page, can be obtained by clicking on the help function under support in the side-bar on the left-hand side of this page.

The diseases of African wildlife are important not only for wildlife itself. They are particularly important within the context of the interface between domestic animals, wildlife, humans, and the environment and have an impact on ecosystem health in its broadest sense subject to the consequences of intensification, the increasing competition for the dwindling amount of available land, and the changes in global weather patterns.

This Wiki aims to collate the knowledge of the diseases of African wildlife (land mammals, sea mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles) on an on-going basis with emphasis on their epidemiological features, pathogenesis, pathology, diagnosis, and the broad features of managing the individual diseases. It presents current information about the various features obtained from all levels of the community dealing with these species, and all people that are interested in them and work with them.

The content deals with African wildlife within the context of recent developments related to wildlife on the continent. It thus takes congnisance of the patterns of disease associated with free-ranging wildlife, those in conservation areas and trans-frontier parks, and those in game ranching enterprises, and breeding programmes for rare and endangered species.

The information provided is classified and entered according to the traditional causes of disease, and disease by species and organ affected. When clicking on the broad categories provided, you will be able, by following the relevant links, to access the required information. You can also use the search function on either the left-hand or top right-hand side (depending on the browser that you are using) of the page, to access the required information. In the space provided type in the name of the disease, or its cause.

This site strives to provide information that is scientifically justified and accurate, and to create an understanding of the prevalence, epidemiology and pathogenesis, diagnosis, and control of the diseases that are required for effective management of the diseases of wild and captive wildlife.



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