A systemic approach to assess the potential and risks of wildlife culling for infectious disease control

Miguel Eve, Grosbois Vladimir, Caron Alexandre, Pople Diane, Roche Benjamin, Donnely Christl A.. 2020. A systemic approach to assess the potential and risks of wildlife culling for infectious disease control. Communications Biology, 3:353, 15 p.

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Abstract : The maintenance of infectious diseases requires a sufficient number of susceptible hosts. Host culling is a potential control strategy for animal diseases. However, the reduction in biodiversity and increasing public concerns regarding the involved ethical issues have progressively challenged the use of wildlife culling. Here, we assess the potential of wildlife culling as an epidemiologically sound management tool, by examining the host ecology, pathogen characteristics, eco-sociological contexts, and field work constraints. We also discuss alternative solutions and make recommendations for the appropriate implementation of culling for disease control.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Abattage d'animaux, Contrôle de maladies, Maladie infectieuse, Évaluation de l'impact, Animal sauvage, Conservation de la nature

Mots-clés libres : Culling, Wildlife-livestock interface, Disease ecology, Disease control and pest management, Wildlife conservation

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
L73 - Animal diseases

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 4 (2019-) - Santé des plantes, des animaux et des écosystèmes

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Miguel Eve, IRD (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Grosbois Vladimir, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (FRA)
  • Caron Alexandre, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (MOZ) ORCID: 0000-0002-5213-3273
  • Pople Diane, Imperial College London (GBR)
  • Roche Benjamin, IRD (FRA)
  • Donnely Christl A., Imperial College London (GBR)

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