Crossing the Interspecies Barrier: Opening the Door to Zoonotic Pathogens
Christian Gortazar et al. (Atle Mysterud) in PLoS Pathogens. Open Access.
Christian Gortazar, Leslie A. Reperant, Thijs Kuiken, José de la Fuente, Mariana Boadella, Beatriz Martínez-Lopez, Francisco Ruiz-Fons, Agustin Estrada-Peña, Christian Drosten, Graham Medley, Richard Ostfeld, Townsend Peterson, Kurt C. VerCauteren, Christian Menge, Marc Artois, Constance Schultsz, Richard Delahay, Jordi Serra-Cobo, Robert Poulin, Frederic Keck, Alonso A. Aguirre, Heikki Henttonen, Andrew P. Dobson,Susan Kutz, Juan Lubroth and Atle Mysterud
The number of pathogens known to infect humans is ever increasing. Whether such increase reflects improved surveillance and detection or actual emergence of novel pathogens is unclear. Nonetheless, infectious diseases are the second leading cause of human mortality and disability-adjusted life years lost worldwide. On average, three to four new pathogen species are detected in the human population every year. Most of these emerging pathogens originate from nonhuman animal species. ... [Continue reading.]
Published 19 June 2014