Brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area

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Brucellosis, a bacterial disease, was first noted in the Greater Yellowstone Area in 1917 and has been a chronic presence there since then. This book reviews existing scientific knowledge regarding brucellosis transmission among wildlife, particularly bison, elk, and cattle, in the Greater Yellowstone Area. It examines the mechanisms of transmission, risk of infection, and vaccination strategies. The book also assesses the actual infection rate among bison and elk and describes what is known about the prevalence ...
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Overview

Brucellosis, a bacterial disease, was first noted in the Greater Yellowstone Area in 1917 and has been a chronic presence there since then. This book reviews existing scientific knowledge regarding brucellosis transmission among wildlife, particularly bison, elk, and cattle, in the Greater Yellowstone Area. It examines the mechanisms of transmission, risk of infection, and vaccination strategies. The book also assesses the actual infection rate among bison and elk and describes what is known about the prevalence of Brucella abortus among other wildlife.
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This National Resrouce Council study takes into account current research and reviews previous research in its exploration of the controversy over bison management in the GYA. The authors cover the disease, its transmission, detection of infected animals, the prevalence of in GYA bison and elk, transmission of the disease between different species, vaccines and their efficacy, and methods of reducing the risk of transmission from wildlife to cattle. Appends a list of questions addressed by the study, meeting agendas and presentations from two meetings held during the summer of 1997, and information about other diseases in GYA wildlife. No subject index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780309059893
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/1998
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
Introduction 10
Pt. I The Disease and Transmission 16
Bison and Cattle 16
B. Abortus Infection and Transmission 17
Infection in Males 25
Detecting Infected Animals 27
Likelihood of Infectiousness 33
Minimum Infectious Dose 34
True Prevalence of B. Abortus in GYA Bison and Elk 35
Pt. II Transmission Among and Between Species 42
Bison, Elk, and Cattle 42
Epidemiologic Evidence of Transmission from Wildlife to Cattle 44
Bison and Elk Behavior and Transmission 45
Transmission by Other Species of Ungulates 49
Potential Role of Carnivores in Transmission 50
Role of Other Wildlife Species 56
Bison Movement Out of Yellowstone National Park 56
Bison in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge 70
Elk in the Greater Yellowstone Area 71
Effects on Reproductive Potential 78
Risk of Transmission 79
Other Species of Brucella and Brucellosis in Wildlife 87
Pt. III Vaccines 89
Existing Vaccines 89
Efficacy 96
Biosafety of Vaccines 101
Vaccination Program Success 105
Pt. IV Reducing the Risk of Transmission from Wildlife to Cattle 107
Previous Bison-Vaccination Programs in National and State Parks 107
Approaches to Controlling or Eliminating Brucellosis in YNP 109
Field Delivery of a Vaccination Program for YNP Bison 112
Vaccination of Cattle 115
Limiting Cattle Near Park Borders to Steers 115
Effects of Test-and-Slaughter Programs on Genetic Diversity 116
Natural Regulation and Brucellosis Control 117
Adaptive Management 122
References 124
App. A Questions Addressed by the NRC Study 144
App. B Meeting Agendas and Presentations 146
App. C Other Diseases in GYA Wildlife 181
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