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Other adjustments in human behavior, our activities, and our way of life have also resulted from the emergence of this disease. Clearly, the burden of AIDS extends far beyond the pathogenesis of the causative virus. Similar broad-based responses are often associated with wildlife species that harbor diseases of concern. Chronic Wasting Disease Deer hunting is a traditional activity for millions of Americans and in many rural areas it remains an important social activity with significant economic ramifications for communities.

For wildlife, noninfectious diseases of microbiological origin have been a prominent component of disease emergence and reemergence. For example, type C avian botulism, Clostridium botulinum, is a “food poisoning” of wild birds and occasionally some other species (humans are resistant to type C toxin but not to most other types of botulinum toxin). This disease has evolved from being a problem in Western North America to becoming the greatest known cause of disease affecting free-ranging waterbirds throughout the world.

In the Americas, one infected individual who came ashore from the ship of an expedition introduced smallpox into native populations, resulting in a death toll of over 3 million. ”(Stewart, 1975, cited by Cairns)346 Similar statements were made by numerous other learned individuals of those times. , heart disease and most cancers). 289 Infectious disease has remained a formidable enemy in times of war and peace. 2 million, 3 million deaths from tuberculosis, and millions of additional deaths from a variety of other infectious diseases.

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