Tag: transmission

Abstracts: Animals are key to human toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasma gondii is an extremely successful protozoal parasite which infects almost all mammalian species including humans. Approximately 30 per cent of the human population worldwide is chronically infected with T gondii. In general, human infection is asymptomatic but the parasite may induce severe disease in fetuses and immunocompromised patients. In […]

Vets and doctors warned of potential epidemic

  Bartonella could be responsible for a hidden epidemic of disease in animals and humans, according to a US veterinary infectious disease expert. Edward Breitschwerdt, from the Centre for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, updated doctors and veterinarians at the Australasian […]

Transmissible cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils

The Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest marsupial carnivore, is facing possible extinction in the wild due to a transmissible facial cancer known as Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) (Figure 1). DFTD is spread when living cancer cells are spread between animals by biting. In DFTD, the living cancer cell […]