Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans.

Most human infectious diseases are of zoonotic origin. Many factors influence the emergence of zoonotic infections including the evolution of pathogens, ever-growing human and animal populations (particularly production and companion animals), and ecological disturbance.

This node brings together experts in veterinary epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, social sciences, ecology and environmental sciences to conduct research on zoonotic pathogens, to investigate drivers of emerging zoonotic diseases, and to develop measures for preventing and predicting new zoonoses.

Projects include:

  • Identifying non-Hendra brain infections in horses
  • Q fever: How common is it and how can we best prevent it?
  • Brucella suis: occurrence in pigs, dogs and people in New South Wales
  • rabies incursion risk to Northern Australia
  • brucellosis in India - using vets are sentinels
zoonoses node