U.S. Geological Survey Science to Support Wildlife Disease Management

Fact Sheet 2023-3008
Ecosystems Mission Area
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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) serves a principal role in conducting wildlife disease outbreak investigations, surveillance, and ecological research to support management of diseases in free-ranging native wildlife. Approximately 60 percent of emerging human infectious diseases such as COVID-19, are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and humans and 70 percent of these diseases originate in wildlife (Jones and others, 2008). The effects of emerging wildlife diseases are global and profound, often resulting in economic and agricultural impacts, declines in wildlife populations, and ecological disturbances.

Suggested Citation

Hopkins, M.C., and Soileau, S.C., 2023, U.S. Geological Survey science to support wildlife disease management: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2023–3008, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20233008.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Table of Contents

  • Wildlife Disease Outbreak Investigations
  • Supporting National Response to Disease Outbreaks
  • Tracking Specific Wildlife Diseases
  • Wildlife Disease Research Capabilities
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title U.S. Geological Survey science to support wildlife disease management
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2023-3008
DOI 10.3133/fs20233008
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of the AD Ecosystems
Description 4 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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