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Anyone know of deliberate (controlled) experiments to simulate some kind of infectious epidemic/pandemic in animals? Say, a whole building full of 1000s of lab rats or mice .... deliberately infected by some sort of virus. 

Speaking of animals and epidemics or pandemics, anyone know of any important ones that took place in the natural or man-made world? Say, among house cats, livestock, etc.? Certainly, important-to-human animals are routinely vaccinated ... but is it with good, statistical reason?

About epidemics  / pandemics of animals in the Natural world ... Yes, it would be hard to uncover / track that ... but has anything been formally recorded or documented?

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40 minutes ago, invasive-feces said:

Anyone know of deliberate (controlled) experiments to simulate some kind of infectious epidemic/pandemic in animals? Say, a whole building full of 1000s of lab rats or mice .... deliberately infected by some sort of virus. 

I believe this happens regularly all over the world. There is a huge industry around supplying and verifying that labs have access to rodents that are appropriate for scientific studies.

42 minutes ago, invasive-feces said:

About epidemics  / pandemics of animals in the Natural world ... Yes, it would be hard to uncover / track that ... but has anything been formally recorded or documented?

Sure. This is also studied all the time. A couple of well known examples that come to mind are Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees and Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease.

48 minutes ago, invasive-feces said:

Certainly, important-to-human animals are routinely vaccinated ... but is it with good, statistical reason?

Of course. They don't just spend money for the hell of it. My dogs are vaccinated against rabies for instance. 

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