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Health Monitoring and Disease Control in Red-Legged Partridges

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The Future of the Red-legged Partridge

Part of the book series: Wildlife Research Monographs ((WIREMO,volume 6))

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The range of Red-legged Partridge populations is very wide from natural ones, through those managed for maximum hunting yields, up to completely artificial captive-reared ones. Within this scenario, the Red-legged Partridge has become an interesting model species for studying disease dynamics and host-pathogen evolution. Indeed, exposure to pathogens is just one of many challenges for partridges, and pathogens are drivers of partridge population dynamics along with predation, game management, and habitat characteristics. This chapter aims to integrate existing knowledge with special interest on those aspects of relevance for game biologists, wildlife managers and in general, those interested in the role of pathogens and diseases in Red-legged Partridge ecology, management, and conservation. The first section of this chapter lists disease events causing mass-mortality. The second section focuses on sporadic mortality and sublethal infections. The third section deals with human health aspects of partridge diseases, including zoonotic infections, antibiotics use, and antibiotic resistance. Finally, the fourth section addresses some aspects of gamebird health monitoring and disease control options in partridge farms, managed populations, and natural populations.

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Díaz-Sánchez, S., Höfle, U., Villanúa, D., Gortázar, C. (2022). Health Monitoring and Disease Control in Red-Legged Partridges. In: Casas, F., García, J.T. (eds) The Future of the Red-legged Partridge. Wildlife Research Monographs, vol 6. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-96341-5_9

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