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Epidemics of the Less Glamourous

Marcy Souza, Associate Professor of Veterinary Public HealthVeterinary Medicine

Wildlife 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?       ​

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