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This publication was designed as a starting reference point for information on the infectious diseases that affect zoo and wild animal species captively housed or free-ranging in North America. This volume complements a similar dynamic and routinely-updated version that exists for the same populations in Europe. While each sheet has been peer-reviewed, often by a topic expert, these fact sheets are not intended to be used as an exclusive source of information, but rather provide quick reference of basic disease properties and concerns. These fact sheets also highlight diagnostics, laboratories, specialists, and treatment recommendations for clinicians, pathologists, and wildlife biologists that encounter an infectious disease. Important state and federal regulations are summarized by state and highlighted on each disease’s fact sheet. State veterinary authorities were encouraged to be reviewers for their geographic area to ensure the most current information. Distribution of this edition to state authorities and USDA AVICs designates this compendium as a common resource and point of information for this discipline.
It is important to remember that these fact sheets are not to replace state or federal regulations. As such, they are not legally enforceable documents or required standards of care.
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