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Environmental monitoring to enhance comprehension and control of infectious diseases

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Abstract

In a world of emerging and resurging infectious diseases, dominated by zoonoses, environmental monitoring plays a vital role in our understanding their dynamics and their spillover to humans. Here, we critically review the ecology, epidemiology and need for monitoring of a variety of directly transmitted (Sin Nombre virus, Avian Influenza) and vector-borne (Ross River virus, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis) zoonoses. We focus on the valuable role that existing monitoring plays in the understanding of these zoonoses, the demands for new monitoring, and how improvements can be made to existing monitoring. We also identify the fruitful outcomes which would result from implementation of the monitoring demands we have highlighted. This review aims to promote improvements in our understanding of zoonoses, their management, and public health by encouraging discussion among researchers and public health officials.

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The article was received on 30 Apr 2010, accepted on 25 Aug 2010 and first published on 19 Oct 2010


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00046A
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2010,12, 2048-2055
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    Environmental monitoring to enhance comprehension and control of infectious diseases

    S. Carver, A. M. Kilpatrick, A. Kuenzi, R. Douglass, R. S. Ostfeld and P. Weinstein, J. Environ. Monit., 2010, 12, 2048
    DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00046A

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