Pneumonic Plague in a Dog and Widespread Potential Human Exposure in a Veterinary Hospital, United States

In December 2017, a dog that had pneumonic plague was brought to a veterinary teaching hospital in northern Colorado. Several factors, including signalment, season, imaging, and laboratory findings, contributed to delayed diagnosis and resulted in potential exposure of >116 persons and 46 concurrently hospitalized animals to Yersinia pestis.

FAO, OIE, and WHO launch a guide for countries on taking a One Health approach to addressing zoonotic diseases

As global trade and travel expands, zoonotic diseases are increasingly posing concerns worldwide. To face these threats, collaboration, coordination, communication, and concerted action between different sectors are needed, using a multisectoral, One Health approach.

Hepatitis E in pigs in Israel: seroprevalence, molecular characterization and potential impact on humans

This study showed that domestic pigs in Israel are infected with hepatitis E virus (HEV)-G3. The high HEV seropositivity of the farm workers together with the previous identification of this virus in human sewage suggests circulation to humans.

Assessing the Surveillance System for Priority Zoonotic Diseases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2017

Researchers conducted a surveillance system assessment of institutional and individual capacity in Kinshasa and Haut Katanga provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for nationally identified priority zoonotic diseases.

Danger in the desert

Scientists investigated virus mutations and found that certain mutations made the Middle East respiratory (MERS) virus more resistant against the human immune system. The analysis of mutations is essential for predicting the risk of a pandemic.