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Assessment and mitigation processes for disease risks associated with wildlife management and conservation interventions
  1. M. Hartley, BVetMed, MApplSc, CertZooMed, DipECZM, MRCVS1 and
  2. E. Gill, BSc, PhD2
  1. 1Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR
  2. 2Natural England, Victoria House, London Square, Cross Lanes, Guildford GU1 1UJ
  1. E-mail for correspondence: matthew.hartley{at}


This paper describes the disease risk assessment procedure that is adopted for wildlife and conservation interventions controlled by wildlife legislation in England. A simple risk algorithm was developed that is used to identify and prioritise the procedures of most concern. The process provides a system that is intended to be practicable to implement, proportionate to the associated risks, and ensures that costs are not escalated so that the activity becomes unviable.

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