Ecological interventions to prevent and manage zoonotic pathogen spillover

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
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Abstract

Spillover of a pathogen from a wildlife reservoir into a human or livestock host requires the pathogen to overcome a hierarchical series of barriers. Interventions aimed at one or more of these barriers may be able to prevent the occurrence of spillover. Here, we demonstrate how interventions that target the ecological context in which spillover occurs (i.e. ecological interventions) can complement conventional approaches like vaccination, treatment, disinfection and chemical control. Accelerating spillover owing to environmental change requires effective, affordable, durable and scalable solutions that fully harness the complex processes involved in cross-species pathogen spillover.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Ecological interventions to prevent and manage zoonotic pathogen spillover
Series title Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2018.0342
Volume 374
Issue 1782
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher The Royal Society
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 20180342, 10 p.