Zoonoses, diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, are of increasing concern to public health. Of the infectious organisms known to be pathogenic to humans, approximately 60% are zoonotic. Of the recent emerging and re-emerging pathogens, 75% have originated from animals. These include diseases such as SARS, West Nile Virus, Monkeypox and Avian Influenza.
This online training course will introduce zoonotic disease basics to non-veterinarians, and explore zoonotic diseases as potential bioterrorism agents with emphasis on the Category A zoonotic agents. The topics of food security and agroterrorism are examined and the framework for disease surveillance is presented. A case study explains the steps of zoonotic disease outbreak investigations and details the role of environmental health professionals.
This presentation by Carl Williams, DVM, MA, gives you an overview of various zoonotic diseases, investigations of such diseases, and their importance to public health.
• Define and discuss zoonotic disease
• Provide examples of zoonotic disease
• Outline zoonotic disease investigations