DOI: https://doi.org/10.7203/metode.13.24001

Zoonotic diseases: Is it possible to control the transmission of pathogens between animals and humans?


Abstract


With more than six million associated deaths to date, the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the worst diseases with an animal origin. Other zoonotic diseases such as SARS (2002–2004, mainly in China), MERS (2012, mainly in the Middle East), Ebola (2013–2016 in West Africa) and Rift Valley fever (from 2016 to the present) have caused major outbreaks in recent decades. In addition, and especially in low-income countries, some zoonotic diseases such as tuberculosis and rabies are endemic and cause thousands of deaths. Up to 60 % of known infectious diseases and 75 % of emerging infectious diseases have an animal origin and are responsible for public health problems and economic losses.


Keywords


pandemic; global health; One Health; animal health surveillance; zoonoses

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