Disease: The Next Big One

Sixty percent of human infectious diseases, including the worst of the old ones and the scariest of the new are zoonotic. What are the public health issues to be faced as we prepare for the next global pandemic? What role are disease ecologists playing in the efforts to limit the scope of coming pandemics?

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Animal waste, water quality and human health

Rob Atwill and Xunde Li, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and numerous international scientists, have published a book which is a detailed compilation of scientific information regarding leading waterborne zoonoses from livestock populations, practical intervention strategies to mitigate these risks, human exposure and microbial risk assessment, along with information on regulating water quality using bacterial indicators.

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Antibiotic /Antimicrobial Resistance

According to a report released by the CDC the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant infections is increasing in the United States. More than two million people in the U.S. get drug-resistant infections annually and about 23,000 die from these diseases that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

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Food Giant Sysco Under USDA Investigation

Sysco Corporation is now under investigation by the USDA’s Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit, according to spokesman Richard McIntire.
The USDA would not specify when the department began looking into the food distributor…

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