Changing climate may affect animal-to-human disease transfer

Researchers from The University of Queensland and Swansea University have been looking at how different environments provide opportunities for animal-to-human diseases, known as zoonotic diseases, to interact with and infect new host species, including humans. Dr Nicholas Clark, from UQ’s School of Veterinary Science, said this was a new line of thinking in this area, […]

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World’s first human case of rat transmitted hepatitis confirmed in Hong Kong

Researchers say it is unclear how the man contracted the virus, but refuse bins outside his home were infested with rats. There had been no previous evidence that this strain of the virus could be transmitted to humans. The human version of hepatitis E is usually spread through contaminated drinking water. ‘Highly divergent’ Doctors discovered […]

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Lancet report urges, Nipah virus control needs more than R&D

Nipah virus can also be transmitted from human to human, as in the current south India outbreak, with most cases occurring in family members or health workers caring for individuals sick with the high fever, vomiting, and breathing difficulties characteristic of infection. Severe cases can lead to respiratory syndrome, encephalitis, and death- the case fatality […]

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Elimination of dog-transmitted rabies targeted by 2030 

The total elimination of dog-transmitted human rabies by 2030 has been called for in a joint statement by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and World Medical Association (WMA). The two organisations have joined forces to mark World Rabies Day on September 28 in collaboration with the “Rabies: Zero by 30 “campaign of Global Alliance for Rabies Control […]

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