Senate Approves Third Spending Package
The Senate passed its third spending package for fiscal year (FY) 2019 on August 23, 2018. The spending package would provide $856.9 billion for defense and domestic spending. In addition to Defense spending, the measure also provides for Labor-Health and Human Services-Education and related agencies. The package accounts for 75 percent of all discretionary spending. If enacted into law, the Senate legislation would provide the National Institutes of Health with $39.1 billion, a $2 billion increase from the FY 2018 funding level. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would receive $7.87 billion in FY 2019, with ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 4, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China – update
Since March 2013, when the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection was first detected in humans, a total of 1567 laboratory-confirmed human cases, including at least 615 deaths1, have been reported to WHO (Figure 1) in accordance with the International Health Regulations (2005). In the latest wave (the 6th wave since Oct 2017), only three human cases have been detected; meanwhile there have been generally fewer A(H7N9) virus detections in poultry and environment samples, according to various reports from mainland China and China, Hong Kong SAR. WHO has been monitoring the situation, and conducting risk assessments2 through...
Source: WHO Avian Influenza - September 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, disease outbreaks [subject], outbreak, outbreaks, epidemics, pandemic, disease control, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza Source Type: news

Mycobacterium bovis Infection in a Human in Malaysia
Mycobacterium bovis is a zoonotic microorganism that can be transmitted to humans by ingestion and inhalation and, less frequently, by direct contact through mucous membranes and broken skin. Clinically, tuberculosis (TB) caused by M. bovis in humans is indistinguishable from TB caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Specific diagnosis of Mycobacterium infection may be achieved only by using a series of laboratory tests, including mycobacterial growth characteristics, biochemical properties, susceptibility to pyrazinamide (PZA), and molecular methods. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - August 4, 2018 Category: Microbiology Authors: Siti Suraiya, Nur Izzah Farakhin Tags: Case Report Source Type: news

Influenza and Zoonoses Education among Youth in Agriculture
To improve influenza education and communication efforts around youth in agriculture, several government and non-governmental organizations partnered to launch a pilot program called Influenza Education among Youth in Agriculture. This program provides hands-on activities for youth, zoonotic disease curricula and lesson plans, educational workshops, biosecurity and handwashing posters, and also holds meetings to foster relationships, build networks, and achieve project goals to protect human and animal health. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Not Fun In The Sun: Summer Infections From Animals
Animal related infections are the major source of human infections as well. As we increase our exposure to nature, here are a few zoonotic infections to be aware of. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Contributor Tags: NYSE:MRK Source Type: news

Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) Calls
One-hour monthly webinars that provide timely education on zoonotic and infectious diseases, One Health, and related health threats at the animal-human-ecosystem interface. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Towards One Health preparedness
Report summarizes recommendations of an expert consultation focused on collaboration towards One Health preparedness in Europe, lessons learned from past zoonotic disease outbreaks, and how intersectoral preparedness strategies can be implemented in a One Health context. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Towards One Health Preparedness
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 05/24/2018 This 22-page report summarizes an expert consultation held on December 11-12, 2017, to further explore and identify priority areas for action for strengthening One Health preparedness in Europe, and to determine what sectors and disciplines should be prioritized for collaboration, based on the key risk drivers and disease threats facing Europe. Participants also discussed what can be learned from the public health response to past zoonotic disease outbreaks, and how intersectoral preparedness strategies can best be implemented in a One Health co...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Crowdsourcing to Report and Respond to Zoonotic Diseases
In Thailand, farmers, local health volunteers, and human and animal health officers are using mobile technology to report zoonotic diseases that pose a serious threat to the health of people and animals. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Diseases Spread By Insects Have More Than Tripled, CDC Says
In the United States, diseases spread by mosquito, flea and tick bites tripled from 2004 to 2016, federal health officials say in a new report. During that time, there were more than 640,000 cases of vector-borne diseases. “People really do need to take this seriously,” says Dr. Lyle Petersen, the director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new study—published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report—marks the first time the agency has collectively e...
Source: TIME: Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

How your cat can leave you unable to get an erection
Such diseases, termed zoonoses, are usually very mild, but the rarer ones can be more severe, explains Alan Radford, a professor of veterinary health informatics at Liverpool University. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria still high in humans, animals and food
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) Bacteria from humans and animals continue to show resistance to antimicrobials, according to a new report published today by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The report highlights some emerging issues and confirms antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the biggest threats to public health. AMR reduces the effectiveness of treatment options. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Disease Detectives: keeping track of new and emerging infectious diseases
The first in the new PHE 2 External 0 0 0' Disease Detectives'series false https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/category/disease-detectives/ true false%> which showcases PHE science. This publication comes from the Emerging Infections and Zoonoses team and was written by PHE epidemiologist Jennifer Lloyd. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer Scientists Are Studying Insects. Here ’s Why That’s So Dangerous
In the summer of 2016, Jerome Goddard, a medical entomologist in Mississippi, received an email from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a desperate ask. The agency was conducting an “urgent” search for insect scientists around the U.S. who could take up to a six-month paid leave from work to help the CDC fight the Zika outbreak in the U.S., and possibly respond to areas with local transmission if needed. “That’s how bad it is—they need to borrow someone,” says Goddard, an extension professor of medical entomology at Mississippi State University. “We can&...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Tanzania:PM On Infectious Diseases...
[Daily News] THE government is optimistic that Tanzania could likely eradicate zoonotic diseases by 2020 if the National One Health Strategic Plan and One Health Coordination Desk are fully implemented Zoonotic diseases are highly infectious and can be transmitted either way between animals and humans. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Meat, Monkeys, and Mosquitoes: A One Health Perspective on Emerging Diseases
University of Cambridge. 11/29/2017 This one-hour, 13-minute lecture from the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk discusses how mosquito-borne zoonoses, such as West Nile virus and Zika virus, exemplify the importance of implementing a One Health approach to interdisciplinary threats. One Health is the concept that human, animal, and environmental health are linked. The speaker details how this concept can serve as a framework to analyze the interrelationships between food security, the environment, and emerging diseases. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Types of zoonotic diseases
Zoonosis or zoonotic diseases are conditions that can be passed from animals to humans. These include rabies, malaria, and Lyme disease. Learn more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Influenza (Avian and Other Zoonotic)
World Health Organization. 12/2017 This Web page provides key facts and information about avian and other zoonotic influenza. Topics include the four types of pathogens, signs and symptoms in humans, epidemiology of human infections, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and pandemic potential. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza (Avian and other zoonotic)
WHO fact sheet on avian influenza: includes key facts, definition, clinical features, antiviral treatment, risk factors for human infection, human pandemic potential, WHO response. (Source: WHO Avian Influenza)
Source: WHO Avian Influenza - December 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, communicable disease [subject], infectious diseas Source Type: news

European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-Borne Outbreaks in 2016
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 11/13/2017 This 228-page report presents the results of the zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2016 in 37 European countries (28 Member States [MS] and nine non-MS). It summarizes trends and sources for Yersinia (plague) and tularemia, both Category A bioterrorism agents; brucella, a Category B bioterrorism Agent; bovine tuberculosis, trichinellosis, echinococcosis, toxoplasmosis, rabies, Q fever, and West Nile fever. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Salmonella cases no longer falling in the EU
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) The declining trend of salmonellosis cases in the EU has levelled off according to the annual report on zoonotic diseases published today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 12, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rapid Risk Assessment: Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8) in Europe
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 11/18/2016 This nine-page report summarizes the epidemiological, virological, and environmental information relating to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus subtype A(H5N8) in Europe up to November 15, 2016, and assesses the risk to public health in European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries associated with the outbreak. It concludes that the risk of zoonotic transmission to the general public in EU/EEA countries is considered to be very low. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

NSF grant harnesses big data & AI to advance disease prevention
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) Through a new $2 million National Science Foundation grant, scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the University of Georgia, and North Carolina A&T State University are harnessing the power of machine learning to forecast outbreaks of zoonotic disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 9, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ecology of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/02/2017 This one-hour, four-minute webinar describes how human activities drive zoonotic disease emergence, including examples of human behaviors that promote increased contact with wildlife. It describes key elements of an ecological study of zoonotic diseases, lists effective interventions that reduce the risk of spillover of pathogens to humans from wildlife, explains how Nipah virus and Ebola emerged and why we continue to see outbreaks, and explains why wildlife surveillance is important for protecting human and livestock health. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Li...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The Ecology of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases
November 2, 2017 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN and partners launch plan to stop transmission of bovine tuberculosis to humans
Stressing the damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia of animal tuberculosis ’ (bovine TB) transmission to humans, United Nations health experts launched the first-ever roadmap to combat the so-called zoonotic TB. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Timpiyan, Kenya - Zoonotic TB survivor
My name is Timpiyan and I am a zoonotic tuberculosis (TB) survivor. I come from the Kajiado County in Kenya, and I am originally from a Maasai tribe. Since 2016 I have been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Civil Society Task Force on TB. In 2011, I realized that something was wrong with my health when I started losing weight while my stomach was constantly swollen. I had a whole body scan at the hospital in Nairobi and the doctors told me that they saw a big mass in my upper abdomen which had to be removed. It turned out it was pus, and when I woke up after a 7-hour surgery, the doctors told me that I had TB...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Kenya [country] Source Type: news

Introduction to Human Plague: Managing Infectious Hazards
World Health Organization. 2017 This 21-minute module is an introductory-level online course on plague, a zoonotic disease with severe clinical presentations caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It describes the transmission cycle of the disease, explains the difference between the bubonic plague and pneumonic plague, and describes the public health concerns of plague. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Plague Fact Sheet
World Health Organization. 04/2017 This fact sheet provides information about plague, an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, a zoonotic bacteria, usually found in small mammals and their fleas. It is transmitted between animals from their fleas. The fact sheet discusses signs and symptoms, where plague is found, diagnosing plague, treatment, prevention, vaccination, managing plague outbreaks, and surveillance and control. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Timpiyan, Zambia - Zoonotic TB survivor
My name is Timpiyan and I am a zoonotic tuberculosis (TB) survivor. I come from the Kajiado County in Kenya, and I am originally from a Maasai tribe. Since 2016 I have been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Civil Society Task Force on TB. In 2011, I realized that something was wrong with my health when I started losing weight while my stomach was constantly swollen. I had a whole body scan at the hospital in Nairobi and the doctors told me that they saw a big mass in my upper abdomen which had to be removed. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Kenya [country] Source Type: news

Timpiyan, Kenya - Zoonotic TB survivor
My name is Timpiyan and I am a zoonotic tuberculosis (TB) survivor. I come from the Kajiado County in Kenya, and I am originally from a Maasai tribe. Since 2016 I have been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Civil Society Task Force on TB. In 2011, I realized that something was wrong with my health when I started losing weight while my stomach was constantly swollen. I had a whole body scan at the hospital in Nairobi and the doctors told me that they saw a big mass in my upper abdomen which had to be removed. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Kenya [country] Source Type: news

Zoonotic Chlamydia caviae Tied to Community - Acquired Pneumonia
Three cases of community - acquired pneumonia reported after exposure to ill guinea pigs (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 8, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Tick tock
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Around the world, ticks are one of the most important vectors of zoonotic diseases -- animal diseases communicable to humans -- and they're everywhere. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 6, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Zoonotic Malaria: Back in Southern Brazil, or Did It Never Leave? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Potential wildlife reservoirs could threaten public health (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 1, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Report of the One Health Technical and Ministerial Meeting to Address Zoonotic Diseases and Related Public Health Threats (August 2017)
Report summarizes a November 2016 meeting to share experiences and explore challenges encountered during the One Health approach to fight zoonosis and related public health threats in West Africa. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - August 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Report of the One Health Technical and Ministerial Meeting to Address Zoonotic Diseases and Related Public Health Threats
World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa. 08/18/2017 This 62-page report summarizes a technical and ministerial meeting that was convened in Dakar, Senegal, on November 8-11, 2016, to share experiences and explore challenges encountered during the One Health approach to fight zoonotic diseases and related public health threats. Chapter topics include the global health security agenda; surveillance of the natural reservoir of the Ebola virus: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone; and infectious disease surveillance under the One Health approach. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Three-Zone Biosecurity Offers New Hope to Indonesian Farmers
James McGrane, FAO ECTAD Indonesia Team Leader, at his office in Jakarta. Credit: Kanis Dursin/IPSBy Kanis DursinJAKARTA, Indonesia, Jul 10 2017 (IPS)Poultry farmer Bambang Sutrisno Setiawan had long heard about biosecurity but never gave serious thought to it, even when the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 forced him to cull thousands of his layer chickens in 2003 and 2009.Eighteen years into the business, however, Bambang, who is called Ilung by friends, is now converting his second farm into a three-zone biosecurity poultry with a strong conviction that it is the only way to save his business amid continued threat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kanis Dursin Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Projects avian flu biosafety Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Improving the lives of rural populations: better nutrition & agricultu Source Type: news

Superbug that lurks sandpit found to contain C. difficile
Tests on sandpits found high levels of a superbug that poses a ‘serious threat’ to children, a study published in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health has found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where in the world will the next emerging disease appear?
Some of the world's worst diseases -- think Ebola or AIDS -- start in animals, jump the hurdle of species to enter humans and then get passed from person to person. These are called zoonotic or animal-origin infectious diseases. What if you could predict the location on this vast and spinning globe where the next of these potentially deadly diseases will emerge? (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Annual Epidemiological Report for 2015: Zoonotic Influenza
This report provides 2015 data on cases of zoonotic influenza reported worldwide and by European Union/European Economic Area countries. It discusses cases of avian and swine influenza by each type of zoonotic influenza. It provides information on methods, discussion facts, and public health conclusions. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Rabies vaccine to be air dropped by helicopter over parts of Northeast Ohio
(Natural News) The World Health Organization (WHO) describes rabies as a “fatal zoonotic disease, transmitted to humans through contact (mainly bites and scratches) with infected animals.”  This condition kills 55,000 people worldwide every year, with nearly 100 percent of fatal cases occurring in Asia and Africa. Worldwide, another ten million people are exposed yearly, but, according to the Center for Disease... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epidemiology, Environmental, and Occupational Health
New Jersey Department of Health. 06/23/2016 This 43-minute webinar discusses epidemiology, environmental, and occupational health programs in the New Jersey Department of Health. Programs include the Communicable Disease Service, Vaccine Preventable Disease Unit, and Zoonotic Disease Unit. Speakers provide information about services for first responders, environmental health hazard assessments, and the department's role in past disaster response situations. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Innovate UK funds new kind of vaccine to target deadly pathogens emerging from animals
(University of Plymouth) A team of international scientists led by Dr Michael Jarvis at the University of Plymouth has received funding in excess of £ 408,000 from Innovate UK to develop a new and economic vaccine designed to halt the spread of highly pathogenic 'zoonotic' (spreading from animals to humans) infectious diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Raccoon dog represents a more acute risk than raccoon as vector for transmission of local parasites
The raccoon and the raccoon dog are two non-indigenous animal species that have become established in Europe in the past decades. Their increasing abundance has not only made them the most common carnivore species in some countries, but has also made them of interest to parasitologists as potential hosts for diseases. A team of researchers has now analyzed samples from both species in Austria. The raccoon dog, which is more closely related to the fox, was shown to serve as an additional host for local parasites. Like the fox, it represents a risk as a host of zoonotic parasites, such as the fox tapeworm or trichina worms, ...
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Raccoon dog is a more acute risk than raccoon as vector for local parasites
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) The increasing abundance of raccoons and raccoon dogs made them of interest to parasitologists as potential hosts for diseases. Researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna now analyzed samples in Austria. The raccoon dog was shown to serve as an additional host for local parasites. It represents a risk as a host of zoonotic parasites, such as the fox tapeworm or trichina worms. The raccoons sampled, as they originated from fur farms, were still largely pathogen-free. Parasitology Research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of Zoonotic Influenza Viruses and Candidate Vaccine Viruses Developed for Potential Use in Human Vaccines
World Health Organization. 03/02/2017 This Web page provides a review from March 2017 on the zoonotic influenza virus activity and virus characterization, and describes the current status of the development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness purposes. It is meant to provide guidance for national authorities and vaccine companies on the selection of candidate viruses for use in vaccine development. Summaries are added to this page periodically. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

From Vector To Zoonotic: A Glossary For Infectious Diseases
The world of infectious diseases has more than a few words and phrases you might want to know more about. We've got definitions for 11 key terms.(Image credit: Katherine Du/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Natalie Jacewicz Source Type: news

Too many Bambi are bad for the forest
(American Ornithological Society Publications Office) Overabundant deer can spell trouble for people, including frequent car collisions and the spread of zoonotic diseases. But deer can also disrupt wildlife communities -- such as forest songbirds -- by eating away their habitat. In a new study published in Landscape and Urban Planning, researchers show that areas in the eastern US with high deer numbers tend to have fewer birds that need forest shrubs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 30, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-Borne Outbreaks in 2015
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 12/16/2016 This 231-page document presents the results of the zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2015 in 32 European countries (28 Member States [MS] and four non-MS). A total of 4,362 food-borne outbreaks, including water-borne outbreaks, were reported. Bacteria were the most commonly detected causative agents, followed by bacterial toxins, viruses, other causative agents, and parasites. The report summarizes trends and sources for tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium bovis, Brucella, Trichinella, Echinococcus, Toxoplasma, rabies, Coxiella burneti...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

10 Reasons Raccoons Make Terrible Pets
Because they are so cute and precocious, many people wonder if raccoons make good pets. My answer is always, in a word, "No." Raccoons are wild animals, and many people don't realize it's unethical and illegal to capture a healthy wild animal and force it live out the rest of its life in confinement. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators like me are trained to care for sick or injured raccoons until they can be returned to the wild. We are also trained to prevent young animals from becoming imprinted, or socialized to humans and domestic animals. However, some rehabbed animals have permanent injuries that prevent t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news