Epidemics of the Less Glamourous Marcy SouzaVeterinary Medicine
species are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate, and often these
extinctions are at least in part due to the actions of humans. Charismatic mega-fauna such as elephants,
rhinos and polar bears often make the headlines, but many other less glamourous
species are also facing serious threats.
Three infectious diseases, white nose syndrome, chytridiomycosis, and
snake fungal disease, are currently affecting wildlife populations in North
America. However, the media has focused
little to no attention on these problems when compared to the problems of more
charismatic species. Can humans appreciate
the intrinsic value of all wildlife species?
Can we understand that the health of humans, animals and our ecosystems
are intricately intertwined?