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Reverse zoonosis causes concern
reverse zoonosis concern influenza flu season transmission illness
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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BEVA Trust to launch vet volunteer pilot projects

Following a review of its activities and an assessment of BEVA members views, the BEVA Trust is set to launch a series of vet volunteer pilot projects. The projects will help to decide whether BEVA members' willingness to donate their own time can be used in ventures to improve equine health and welfare.

The review was undertook by experts from veterinary, equine, charity and commercial sectors. They considered the evolution of the Trust and gathered the views of BEVA members, to assess what charitable activities were needed and achievable. It was strongly agreed that BEVA should have a philanthropic arm and a significant majority expressed that they would be willing to donate their time in support of the trust.

In response to the review, the Trust now plans to make use of the expertise and significant intellectual capital within BEVA and put it to a charitable purpose through pilot partnerships with existing NGOs. An initial series of projects will involve collaboration with UK and international organisations, including the British Horse Society, to put equine veterinary volunteers on the ground to provide clinical skills and education.