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Zoonotic diseases


Zoonotic diseases are caused by a range of disease pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Of 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans, 61% are zoonotic. Up to three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in origin, with zoonotic disease posing a considerable and increasing threat to global health. The list of zoonotic diseases includes: Brucellosis, rabies, bovine tuberculosis, anthrax, hydatid diseases, trypansomiasis, leishmaniasis, cysticercosis, and taeniasis. Some emerging diseases are also part of the list: influenza, SARS and MERS-CoV/ coronavirus. The control of zoonotic diseases needs close inter-relationship between animal and human health.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify zoonotic diseases of public health importance
  2. List the main clinical features of each disease and state case definition where appropriate
  3. List the most important indicating features for the presence of the disease among animals
  4. Identify the disease specific agent, reservoir, and susceptible human host
  5. Describe the mode of transmission from animal to human
  6. Describe the life cycle of the disease
  7. Estimate the disease burden and analyze its determinants
  1. List the recommended control methods (in both human and animal) and assess the possibility of elimination or eradication

Course Outline

  1. Bacterial zoonotic: brucellosis, tuberculosis and anthrax
  2. Viral zoonotic: rabies, influenza, SARS, and Coronavirus
  3. Cysticercosis, taeniasis, and hydatid disease
  4. Emerging infections: SARS, MERS-CoV/Coronavirus, and influenza

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.