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Zoonotic Diseases

  • Scientists Devise New Way to Detect Zoonotic Diseases
    Advances in genetic sequencing are uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests can’t detect. In a study led by Duke University, researchers used a technique called whole-transcriptome sequencing to screen for bloodborne diseases in wild ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Prairie Dogs are a Model for Infectious Disease Spread
    Every now and then, colonies of prairie dogs are wiped out by plague, an infectious disease most often associated with the Black Death of the 14th century. Plague doesn’t usually kill people these days, but it’s alive and well among the millions of ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • New SARS-Like Virus Can Jump Directly From Bats to Humans
    Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers point out that if the SARS-like virus did jump, it is still unclear whether ...More
    November 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Camels Test Positive for Respiratory Virus in Kenya, May Have Human Health Implications
    A new study has found that nearly half of camels in parts of Kenya have been infected by the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and calls for further research into the role they might play in the transmission of this emerging disease to humans. MERS ...More
    October 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Unveils Redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People Website to Educate About Zoonotic Disease
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched its redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People website, with expanded information about diseases people can catch from pets, farm animals, and wildlife. Users can now search alphabetically by animal and learn ...More
    October 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • Lack of Knowledge on Animal Disease Leaves Humans at Risk
    Researchers from the University of Sydney have painted the most detailed picture to date of major infectious diseases shared between wildlife and livestock, and found a huge gap in knowledge about diseases which could spread to humans. Published in the Proceedings of the ...More
    July 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Collaboration Can Defeat Zoonotic Diseases
    A new report finds that most neglected zoonotic diseases can be controlled through the use of existing knowledge and tools. The report urges to accelerate action by the global community in line with World Health Assembly resolutions that provide the policy framework to act ...More
    July 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • International Research Team to Examine Flu Transmission From Birds to Humans
    An international research team led by Lukas Tamm of the University of Virginia School of Medicine will receive $1.35 million from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization to better understand how the influenza virus passes from birds to humans. This could lead to the ...More
    July 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Suggests Ways to Avoid Catching Diseases From Pets
    As new medical diagnostics become available, researchers are increasingly discovering situations in which pets can transmit diseases to humans—especially when an owner’s immune system is compromised. At Ohio State University and partner institutions, researchers ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News
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