Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
Send Cancel
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.

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

University of Liverpool joins fight against Zika

News Story 1
 The University of Liverpool is collaborating with 25 leading research and public health organisations in the fight against Zika virus.

As part of the ZikaPLAN consortium, the University will work on improving the diagnosis of Zika, better understanding the neurological complications, and working towards vaccines and treatments.

Other organisations in the consortium will explore non-vector and vector transmission and risk factors for geographic spread. They will also measure the burden of disease and investigate how the virus has evolved.

(Image (C) The University of Liverpool) 

News Shorts
First Eastern European Veterinary Conference a 'resounding success'

The first ever Eastern European Veterinary Conference organised with the support of BSAVA has been declared a 'resounding success' by delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and organisers alike.

The event, held in Belgrade in October, welcomed some 1,000 vets from 37 different countries across Eastern Europe and beyond.

The BSAVA has confirmed that planning for next year's conference is underway when it will become known as The Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference (EERVC) to better represent the broad range of countries attending.