A systemic approach to assess the potential and risks of wildlife culling for infectious disease control

Eve Miguel*, Vladimir Grosbois, Alexandre Caron, Diane Pople, Benjamin Roche, Christl A. Donnelly

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Abstract

The maintenance of infectious diseases requires a sufficient number of susceptible hosts. Host culling is a potential control strategy for animal diseases. However, the reduction in biodiversity and increasing public concerns regarding the involved ethical issues have progressively challenged the use of wildlife culling. Here, we assess the potential of wildlife culling as an epidemiologically sound management tool, by examining the host ecology, pathogen characteristics, eco-sociological contexts, and field work constraints. We also discuss alternative solutions and make recommendations for the appropriate implementation of culling for disease control.

Original languageEnglish
Article number353
JournalCommunications Biology
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

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