Pet surveillance may prevent zoonotic disease epidemics

2021-08-04

Veterinary scientists in the US and UK have set up companion animal disease surveillance networks to alert the veterinary community about emerging threats, and those monitoring systems might be important for detecting and preventing zoonotic disease outbreaks, infectious disease researchers say. Pets and people share space, and animals may serve as sentinels for diseases that affect people, says veterinarian Jennifer Granick, co-founder of the Companion Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network in the US.

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