Wildlife as source of zoonotic infections

Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Dec;10(12):2067-72. doi: 10.3201/eid1012.040707.


Zoonoses with a wildlife reservoir represent a major public health problem, affecting all continents. Hundreds of pathogens and many different transmission modes are involved, and many factors influence the epidemiology of the various zoonoses. The importance and recognition of wildlife as a reservoir of zoonoses are increasing. Cost-effective prevention and control of these zoonoses necessitate an interdisciplinary and holistic approach and international cooperation. Surveillance, laboratory capability, research, training and education, and communication are key elements.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild / microbiology*
  • Animals, Wild / parasitology
  • Animals, Wild / virology*
  • Bacterial Infections / transmission
  • Bacterial Infections / veterinary
  • Disease Reservoirs*
  • Humans
  • Parasitic Diseases / transmission
  • Parasitic Diseases, Animal / transmission
  • Prion Diseases / transmission
  • Prion Diseases / veterinary
  • Virus Diseases / transmission
  • Virus Diseases / veterinary
  • Zoonoses / transmission*