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Wild animal diseases

Post by Crane83 » Sun May 02, 2010 3:55 pm


A curious comparison came to my attention recently and I'm in dire need of any scientific research proven evidence to help me confirm a particular issue.
You see, knowing how many diseases us humans have, and how cutoff from nature we've become with civilization, I pretty much started wondering if the same amount of diseases could be applied to non-domesticated wild living animals. By non-domesticated, I also mean zoo animals, and wild animals living close to human areas with risk of exposure to man-made products.

Here's what I got:

Wild Animal diseases:
(not very reliable as some links are missing, but checking shows most of these diseases are related to either domesticated or semi-wild animals in close contact to human areas.)
(possible result of man-made product exposure?)

Human diseases:

So my big question is:
What else do we know of Wild Animal Diseases that could outweigh or equalize to what we know about Human Diseases?

You see I haven't yet been able to assemble a cohesive list of wild animal diseases as easily as I have with human diseases, and that fact makes me wonder furthermore.

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Post by canalon » Mon May 31, 2010 11:07 pm

Wild animals as far as I know are rife with parasites and infectious diseases, hence the problems that some countries have with the commercialization of wild game. However I do not have a list available. Try to see if some university with a vet school could help. But they are of course mainly concerned with the domesticated animals...

But I sense that you link our the human "cut-offness" with nature with an increase in disease, and would like to remind you that in general the human species has never been as healthy as it is now.

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without
any proof. (Ashley Montague)

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