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Reverse zoonosis causes concern
Humans must beware of passing flu on to their pets

The concept of reverse zoonosis, in which humans can pass illness on to their pets, is causing concern with the approach of the influenza (flu) season.

Many people do not realise they can not only pass flu on to other humans when they get sick, but also animals, including dogs, cats and ferrets.

Scientists and vets hope to help prevent reverse zoonosis by raising awareness of the issue.

It is well known that animals such as pigs and birds introduce new strains of flu to humans, such as the most recent H1N1 flu strain, however, it is less known that humans have further passed these on to other animals.

There is currently little known about reverse zoonosis by scientists and vets, however researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) and Iowa State University are looking at this type of disease transmission.

"We worry a lot about zoonosis, the transmission of diseases from animals to people," said Christine Loehr, an associate professor at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. "Any time you have infection of a virus into a new species, it's a concern, a black box of uncertainty.

"We don't know for sure what the implications might be, but we do think this deserves more attention."

Professor Loehr advises that people with flu-like symptoms distance themselves from their pets in future.

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BVNA names charity of the year

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 The Daphne Shipman Benevolent Fund has been named as BVNA’s charity of the year. The fund was created to support BVNA members, their spouses, relations or dependents in times of need. It was set up in memory of Daphne Shipman, who was the BVNA Congress chief steward for a number of years, but sadly lost her fight against cancer in 1999. Team BVNA will be climbing the O2 to raise funds and awareness. A JustGiving page has been set up: justgiving.com/daphneshipman-benevolentfund  

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus served as minister of foreign affairs, Ethiopia from 2012–2016 and as minister of health, Ethiopia from 2005–2012.

He has also served as chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; as chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board; and as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.