About this Research Topic
Animal movements due to human activities are one of the main causes of local, regional, national and international spread of diseases, including diseases of public health concern. This includes anthropogenic movements of wildlife, which are among the leading causes of newly emerging disease of both wildlife and people. Anthropogenic movements of wildlife can be due to several reasons: restocking of game animals for hunting purposes, translocations in the framework of reintroduction programs for biodiversity conservation, breeding and reintroduction programs, national and international trade (both legal and illegal), but also a range of human activities including alterations of normal habitat use and movement patterns of wildlife (agriculture, linear development, urbanization etc.).
Understanding the risks associated with the artificial movements of wildlife is necessary to increase awareness and facilitate the application of preventive and control measures to reduce disease spread.
The overall aim of this Research Topic is to collect relevant past or current information illustrating how anthropogenic wildlife movements can result in the spread of pathogens, recurrence in areas previously free, changes in the epidemiological patterns of a diseases, or the introduction of exotic pathogens. Theoretical or applied frameworks to identify, quantify and minimize the risk of disease spread via anthropogenic wildlife movement (including via policy change) are also within the scope of this topic.
This Research Topic invites original articles, up-to-date critical reviews and expert commentaries/perspectives on all aspects linking infectious diseases to anthropogenic wildlife movements. The collection welcomes, but is not limited to, papers addressing the following themes:
• Emerging wildlife and zoonotic pathogens
• Trade-off or potential synergies between health and conservation management (including for climate adaptation)
• Hunting and disease movement
• Wildlife translocation for wildlife conservation management
• Legal and illegal domestic and international wildlife trade
• Movement of invasive species due to human activities
• Other human-caused movement alteration due to agricultural activities, land-use change, linear developments etc.
Keywords: Anthropogenic, Wildlife movement, Infectious Diseases, Conservation, Translocation, Pathogens
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