Bushmeat hunting, deforestation, and prediction of zoonotic disease emergence

Nathan D. Wolfe, Peter Daszak, A. Marm Kilpatrick, Donald S. Burke

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Understanding the emergence of new zoonotic agents requires knowledge of pathogen biodiversity in wildlife, human-wildlife interactions, anthropogenic pressures on wildlife populations, and changes in society and human behavior. We discuss an interdisciplinary approach combining virology, wildlife biology, disease ecology, and anthropology that enables better understanding of how deforestation and associated hunting leads to the emergence of novel zoonotic pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1822-1827
Number of pages6
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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