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The Ecology of Emerging Infectious Diseases in Migratory Birds: An Assessment of the Role of Climate Change and Priorities for Future Research

Author:
  • Trevon Fuller
  • Staffan Bensch
  • Inge Mueller
  • John Novembre
  • Javier Perez-Tris
  • Robert E. Ricklefs
  • Thomas B. Smith
  • Jonas Waldenstrom
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 80-88
Publication/Series: EcoHealth
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article review
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

Pathogens that are maintained by wild birds occasionally jump to human hosts, causing considerable loss of life and disruption to global commerce. Preliminary evidence suggests that climate change and human movements and commerce may have played a role in recent range expansions of avian pathogens. Since the magnitude of climate change in the coming decades is predicted to exceed climatic changes in the recent past, there is an urgent need to determine the extent to which climate change may drive the spread of disease by avian migrants. In this review, we recommend actions intended to mitigate the impact of emergent pathogens of migratory birds on biodiversity and public health. Increased surveillance that builds upon existing bird banding networks is required to conclusively establish a link between climate and avian pathogens and to prevent pathogens with migratory bird reservoirs from spilling over to humans.

Keywords

  • Biological Sciences
  • influenza A virus
  • malaria
  • salmonella
  • West Nile virus
  • zoonoses

Other

Published
  • Centre for Animal Movement Research
  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab
  • ISSN: 1612-9202
Staffan Bensch
E-mail: staffan [dot] bensch [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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MEMEG

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Head of unit

MEMEG

+46 46 222 42 92

E-C213

Sölvegatan 37, Lund

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Research group

Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab

Projects

Doctoral students and postdocs

PhD students, main supervisor

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