Equine Zoonoses: Consequences of Horse-Human Interactions

A new book entitled Zoonoses – Infections Affecting Humans and Animals, Focus on Public Health Aspect is now available from Springer.com. The book is edited by Andreas Sing, has 1,143 pages with 40 illustrations, 20 of them color. This hardcover book is $209.

According to Springer.com, the book “will cover the most important zoonoses with a public health impact and debate actual developments in this field from a One Health perspective. The outline of the book follows a ‘setting’ approach, i.e., special settings of zoonoses with a public health aspect, rather than presenting a simple textbook or encyclopedic character. Main chapters will deal with zoonoses in the food chain including a special focus on the emerging issue of antibiotic resistance, with zoonoses in domestic and pet animals, in wildlife animal species (including bats as an important infectious agent multiplier), influenza and tuberculosis as most prominent zoonoses, and zoonotic pathogens as bioterroristic agents. Special interest chapters debate non-resolved and currently hotly debated zoonoses (e.g. M. Crohn/paratuberculosis, chronic botulism) as well as the economic and ecological aspects of zoonoses.”

The publisher notes that the content level of this book is for the professional/practitioner.

One chapter is by Roberta M. Dwyer, DVM, MS, DACVPM, of the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Following is the abstract from her chapter.


“Fortunately, horses have a limited number of diseases that can be transmitted to humans under natural circumstances. However, due to the close contact of horses with many people as work, exhibition or companion animals, human exposures to horse diseases can be more numerous than for other large animals. Some equine zoonoses are significant and emerging, such as Hendra virus, while others are well known: anthrax, rabies and salmonellosis. International and national transportation of horses for competition and sales also require steadfast testing and surveillance of equine infectious diseases to reduce the risk of spread. This chapter will review the zoonotic diseases of horses that can spread to humans via natural exposure: anthrax, brucellosis, cryptosporidiosis, dermatophilosis, Hendra virus, glanders, leptospirosis, MRSA, rabies, ringworm, salmonellosis, trichinosis, VEE and vesicular stomatitis. These diseases have been divided into categories of significant risk to public health and moderate or low risk based on North America. This categorization may vary from country to country on other continents.”

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