Current Research on Disease Issues

Deer Pathology

An economically important pathogen of domestic bovids, bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), and a zoonotic pathogen classified as a potential agent of bioterrorism, Coxiella burnetii, have both been reported in wild white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Approximately 77% of livestock pathogens are generalist species that infect multiple hosts and approximately 73% of human emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases of the last two decades include at least one wildlife host. Thus, the need for baseline information regarding the status of both livestock and zoonotic pathogens in commonly encountered wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, has been recognized. Project Title: The Prevalence, Distribution, and Read more about this research…

Human-primate Disease Transmission

Nearly forty percent of tropical infectious diseases originate in primates. These novel pathogens often emerge from wildlife reservoirs as a result of anthropogenic disturbances such as human encroachment upon tropical forests, agriculture, deforestation, hunting, and climate change. Despite an extensive body of research, the complex interactions between the environment, hosts and their parasite populations that subsequently lead to disease emergence is still not fully understood. Project Title: A tale of anthropogenic disturbance: how forest degradation and human encroachment on primate populations influences parasite communities Summary: To address the current research gap, this study addresses the following research objectives: Characterize the Read more about this research…