NSH Webinar: Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Disease and Zoonoses
2014 NSH Laboratory Webinar Series
Presented by: Richard French, DVM, PhD, Becker College, Worchester, MA
The interaction between human and animal health is not a new phenomenon. However, the scope, scale, and world-wide impact of zoonoses we are facing today are unprecedented. During the past 20 years, at least 30 new diseases have emerged, for many of which there is no treatment, cure or vaccine, or the possibility of effective prevention or control. In addition, the uncontrolled and inappropriate use of antibiotics has resulted in increased antimicrobial resistance and is seriously threatening drug control strategies against such common diseases as tuberculosis, malaria, cholera, dysentery and pneumonia. The unprecedented impact of globalization, industrialization, restructuring of agricultural systems and consumerism, among others, have certainly had an impact. Also of significance and with numerous examples, world climate changes are playing a role. Most of the recent emerging diseases have an animal origin, and almost all of them have zoonotic potential. These diseases must therefore be addressed through coordinated actions between animal and public health authorities. This webinar covers issue and recent findings on a number of emerging diseases and disease outbreaks. Where do you live?