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Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Risks to People and Animals series

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Enfermedades Zoonóticas: La Rabia

UW506/WEC239Sby Samantha M. Wisely y Holly K. Ober y traducido por Alejandra Areingdale y Miguel AcevedoJune 1st, 2023La rabia es un virus que se transmite entre mamíferos y es mortal para humanos y animales. La enfermedad es tratable, pero es incurable cuando los síntomas son evidentes. El virus ataca el sistema nervioso central y la forma más común de transmisión es la saliva, cuando un mamífero infectado muerde a otro animal o persona. El virus también se puede transmitir cuando saliva, lágrimas o tejido cerebral/nervioso infectados entran en contacto con heridas abiertas o mucosas (ojos, nariz o boca) de otro animal o persona.  El virus puede sobrevivir en los cuerpos de animales muertos por periodos largos, pero puede sobrevivir por poco tiempo fuera del cuerpo de un hospedero. El virus deja de ser infeccioso al secarse o calentarse, o ser expuesto a la luz solar.

Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

UW502/WEC457by Bridget B. Baker and Samantha M. WiselyFebruary 9th, 2023Avian influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that circulates globally among wild birds. As of July 2022, H5N1 has spread quickly in the United States, killing wild birds in more than 40 states and impacting more than 60 species. While lethal to many bird and some mammal species, the current circulating strain is not particularly infectious in humans.  Nonetheless, basic precautions are still warranted, particularly for those people in contact with wild birds via hunting or the use of backyard bird feeders or baths, as well as people with backyard poultry or pet birds. These basic precautions are detailed. 

Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Gastrointestinal Parasites of Farmed White-tailed Deer in Florida

UW498/WEC453by Sydney L. Cottingham, Heather D.S. Walden, Samantha M. Wisely, and Juan M. Campos-KrauerOctober 24th, 2022White-tailed deer are susceptible to infection by numerous gastrointestinal parasites. Not all parasite infections cause clinical disease, but even subclinical gastrointestinal parasitism may reduce the health and productivity of infected deer.  An understanding of parasite epidemiology is critical to improving captive deer health through effective parasite control strategies. This publication will serve as a guide to common parasites of farmed white-tailed deer in Florida and will provide producers with recommendations for management of gastrointestinal parasites in farmed deer.

Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Bats and Coronaviruses

UW473/WEC428 by Holly K. Ober and Samantha M. WiselyMay 18th, 2020

Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Ehrlichiosis

UW481/WEC436 by Yasmin Tavares and Samantha WiselyDecember 14th, 2020

Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Rabies

UW282/WEC239 by Samantha M. Wisely and Holly K. OberJanuary 9th, 2019