Special Issue "Animal Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fathiah Zakham
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Virology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2. Department of Veterinary Biosciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
3. Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Interests: microbiology and genetics; molecular biology; veterinary sciences; infectious diseases and zoonoses
Dr. Tarja Sironen
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Guest Editor
Department of Virology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Interests: One Health; microbiology and microbial evolution; zoonoses; emerging infectious diseases
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Dr. Pacifique Ndishimye
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Guest Editor
Medical Research Centre, Rwanda Biomedical Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Interests: global health; infectious diseases; host–pathogen interaction; computational biology; predictive analytics; immunology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Animal infectious diseases are associated with unprecedented consequences in both health and socioeconomic terms. Their increased impact is closely correlated with several environmental and anthropogenic factors. Further, 60% of human infectious agents are from the Animalia kingdom, thus called zoonoses. Emerging and reemerging diseases represent 75% of zoonotic infections. These infections can be transmitted between different animal species, resulting in genetic exchange and leading to the emergence of new highly pathogenic variants and strains that have animals as reservoir hosts.

Pandemics due to zoonotic diseases tend to spread fast in a very short period of time (e.g., MERS, Ebola, COVID-19, HIV). However, such infectious diseases can be controlled and even eradicated using epidemiological studies and effective prophylaxis, which often depend on the development of efficient diagnostics and rapid treatments. In addition, combating newly emerging diseases in animals and humans is challenging and requires deep knowledge of genomics of the causative agents to i) improve the surveillance of the new strains and ii) enable the assessment of the pandemic risks and, consequently, the preparedness for any future threat.

In this Special Issue, we aim to provide an overview of animal infectious and zoonotic diseases and their related etiological agents. Researchers are invited to submit both original research papers and review articles on studies related to animal infectious and zoonotic diseases, emphasizing the added value of the One Health approach.

Dr. Fathiah Zakham
Dr. Tarja Sironen
Dr. Pacifique Ndishimye
Guest Editors

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  • infectious diseases of animals
  • zoonoses
  • emerging and re-emerging animal and zoonotic pathogens
  • One Health approach

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Spatiotemporal Analysis of West Nile Virus Epidemic in South Banat District, Serbia, 2017–2019
Animals 2021, 11(10), 2951; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102951 - 13 Oct 2021
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West Nile virus (WNV) is an arthropod-born pathogen, which is transmitted from wild birds through mosquitoes to humans and animals. At the end of the 20th century, the first West Nile fever (WNF) outbreaks among humans in urban environments in Eastern Europe and [...] Read more.
West Nile virus (WNV) is an arthropod-born pathogen, which is transmitted from wild birds through mosquitoes to humans and animals. At the end of the 20th century, the first West Nile fever (WNF) outbreaks among humans in urban environments in Eastern Europe and the United States were reported. The disease continued to spread to other parts of the continents. In Serbia, the largest number of WNV-infected people was recorded in 2018. This research used spatial statistics to identify clusters of WNV infection in humans and animals in South Banat County, Serbia. The occurrence of WNV infection and risk factors were analyzed using a negative binomial regression model. Our research indicated that climatic factors were the main determinant of WNV distribution and were predictors of endemicity. Precipitation and water levels of rivers had an important influence on mosquito abundance and affected the habitats of wild birds, which are important for maintaining the virus in nature. We found that the maximum temperature of the warmest part of the year and the annual temperature range; and hydrographic variables, e.g., the presence of rivers and water streams were the best environmental predictors of WNF outbreaks in South Banat County. Full article
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