Wildlife disease surveillance and reporting

Pathogens of wildlife may infect humans and/or domestic animals, and have been linked to species declines. Effective surveillance facilitates understanding and mitigation of these impacts. In a poster presented during the Student Conference on Conservation Science at the University of Cambridge in March 2016, I described  a systematic review of literature on the surveillance of amphibian ranaviruses, pathogens notifiable to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) which have been linked to global amphibian declines.  This revealed inadequacies in wildlife disease reporting. Responses to two questionnaires were also analysed in combination with the published literature to investigate the validity of commonly used screening tests for ranaviruses, and examine the contribution made by citizen science to amphibian disease surveillance.

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