Interaction, Connection: The Ecology and Zoonotic Transmission of Parasites

Alex Cameron


Parasites affect their hosts in many ways, and when the effects are deleterious, they become factors in the conservation not just of non-human primates, but humans as well. The us–them division made by humans with regards to other primates is not honoured by parasites. This paper discusses many of the common vectors of interaction between human and wild non-human primates, with an aim to illustrate the deep interconnection between all primates on this basic level. When considering the health of nonhuman primates, it behooves us to keep in mind that this is an issue of human health as well.

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