Special Issue "Zoonotic Diseases: Understanding the Intersection between Animal and Human Health"

A special issue of Zoonotic Diseases (ISSN 2813-0227).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2023 | Viewed by 1863

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Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA
Interests: immunology; malaria; tuberculosis; cell signaling; synthetic biology
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Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
Interests: host-pathogen interaction; regenerative biology; immunology; microbiology; bacterial drug resistance; metabolic pathways discovery
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School of Medicine, New York University, New York, NY 10016, USA
Interests: phage therapeutics; microbiology; virology; molecular biology

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Dear Colleagues, 

Zoonotic diseases have been historically associated with humans since the beginning of civilization. Zoonotic diseases have caused significant pandemics, such as bubonic plague, and the Spanish flu of 1918. In recent years, there has been a surge in new zoonotic diseases and the spread of existing outbreaks to new regions. As a result, there has been a growing concern about the impact on health and economic impact from these diseases. Pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, can cause zoonotic diseases. Some well-known zoonotic diseases are Rabies, Plague, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus, while relatively new and not well-understood diseases include SARS, Ebola, MERS, and Swine flu. There are many challenges in the fight against zoonotic diseases, including the emergence of new zoonotic diseases, lack of diagnostics methods, lack of awareness and knowledge, lack of coordination and collaboration among nations, changing environment and ecological conditions, and ease of travel.

 In conclusion, zoonotic diseases pose a serious threat to both human health and the stability of the economy. The ongoing management of zoonotic diseases necessitates a commitment to collaboration, sharing information, raising public awareness, and developing coordinated response plans. With continued effort and collaboration, it is possible to minimize the impact of zoonotic diseases and protect human, animal, and environmental health.

This Special Issue accepts submissions of original research articles, reviews, mini-reviews, and commentaries covering all aspects of zoonotic disease.

Dr. Gunjan Arora
Dr. Aditya Sharma
Dr. Neha Dhasmana
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Zoonotic Diseases is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • zoonotic diseases
  • zoonotic and public health
  • emerging diseases
  • vector-borne disease
  • infectious diseases
  • microbiology
  • virology
  • parasitology
  • transmission
  • management of zoonosis diseases
  • epidemic
  • global health diseases

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Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Connection between Animal and Human Health
Zoonotic Dis. 2023, 3(2), 176-178; https://doi.org/10.3390/zoonoticdis3020014 - 28 May 2023
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Zoonotic diseases, also referred to as zoonoses, are diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans [...] Full article


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Exploring Pathogenic and Zoonotic Bacteria from Wild Rodents, Dogs, and Humans of the Ngorongoro District in Tanzania Using Metagenomics Next-Generation Sequencing
Zoonotic Dis. 2023, 3(3), 226-242; https://doi.org/10.3390/zoonoticdis3030019 - 01 Sep 2023
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Globally, zoonoses have serious consequences due to their socioeconomic impacts. Ngorongoro District is home to a diverse range of wildlife and domestic animals, including rodents and dogs, which often coexist in close proximity with humans. The aim of the study was to identify [...] Read more.
Globally, zoonoses have serious consequences due to their socioeconomic impacts. Ngorongoro District is home to a diverse range of wildlife and domestic animals, including rodents and dogs, which often coexist in close proximity with humans. The aim of the study was to identify the zoonotic bacteria present in wild rodents, domestic dogs, and humans using metagenomics next-generation sequencing technology. A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2022. This study used both Illumina and Oxford Nanopore sequencing technologies to identify bacteria in 530 blood samples collected from humans (n = 200), wild rodents (n = 230), and dogs (n = 100). Several zoonotic airborne/contagious bacteria, including Mycobacterium spp., Mycoplasma spp., Bordetella spp., and Legionella spp., were detected in wild rodents, domestic dogs, and humans. Arthropod-borne zoonotic bacteria such as Bartonella spp., Borrelia spp., and Rickettsia spp. were detected in all three hosts, while Orientia spp. was found in wild rodents and domestic dogs. Yersinia pestis, Streptobacillus spp. and Anaplasma spp. were found only in wild rodents. Other zoonotic bacteria found shared among wild rodents, domestic dogs, and humans are Leptospira spp., Brucella spp., and Salmonella spp. Generally, wild rodents had the highest prevalence of zoonotic bacterial species when compared to domestic dogs and humans. The detection of zoonotic bacteria in rodents, dogs, and humans supports the hypothesis that infections can spread between animals and humans sharing the same environment. Full article
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