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Serengeti IVSustaining biodiversity in a coupled human-natural system$
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Anthony R. E. Sinclair, Kristine L. Metzger, Simon A. R. Mduma, and John M. Fryxell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226195834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.001.0001

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Infectious Diseases in the Serengeti

Infectious Diseases in the Serengeti

What We Know and How We Know It

(p.532) (p.533) Nineteen Infectious Diseases in the Serengeti
Serengeti IV

Tiziana Lembo

Harriet Auty

Katie Hampson

Meggan E. Craft

Andy Dobson

Robert Fyumagwa

Eblate Ernest

Dan Haydon

Richard Hoare

Magai Kaare

Felix Lankester

Titus Mlengeya

Dominic Travis

Sarah Cleaveland

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Long-term studies in the Serengeti have provided important insights into how multiple approaches can be effectively deployed for generating and analyzing essential data on the dynamics and impacts of pathogens on different hosts and the concomitant effects on ecosystem function. This research has been used to inform conservation and public health policies and has served as a model for the development of ecosystem health approaches. The integrated efforts required for improved disease surveillance and ecological data gathering and analysis have linked a range of disciplines and sectors, which is an important achievement. Nonetheless, many practical and financial constraints still exist, highlighting the need for further investigating or developing creative, innovative approaches to disease surveillance and control, which make best use of the often-limited resources available. To ensure the design, implementation and evaluation of cost-effective strategies, continuous synergistic interactions will be needed that integrate local communities, human and animal health workers and scientists from various disciplines including epidemiologists, ecologists and economists. Adoption of any given strategy and allocation of sufficient resources will be ultimately dependent upon effective communication with and involvement of decision makers.

Keywords:   infectious disease, pathogen surveillance, case reporting, serological assay

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