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Animal Pharm Zoonoses 2014


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Why pathogens emerge and how to prevent them

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Why pathogens emerge and how to prevent them

When new infectious diseases are discovered, one of the first questions is “where did this come from?” More often than not, the answer is one of our animal friends - a kind of disease called a zoonosis.

Studies have shown that about 75% of emerging infectious diseases (diseases that are newly discovered, are increasing in frequency, or have moved into a new geographic area) are of animal origin, as are 60% of all known pathogens.

Even diseases that have spread freely in the human population, such as ebola, tuberculosis, HIV, measles, and smallpox, have their roots in infections carried by animals.

How do these pathogens emerge from their “normal” hosts and “spill over” into the human population? Which are most likely to spread within these populations? What can be done to prevent pathogens from emerging? Is there any way to put the “genie back in the bottle” if something has already spilled over into the human population?

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Published: April 2014

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This report will help you understand:

  • Which old and emergent diseases are the biggest threats to spread within human populations
  • How can they be prevented
  • What opportunities are there for discovering how to extinguish them once spread

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Tara C. Smith has been an Associate Professor in Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences & Epidemiology at Kent State University College of Public Health since August 2013.

An Ohio native, she was previously a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health, where she directed the College’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Smith completed post-doctoral training in molecular epidemiology at the University of Michigan prior to beginning her professorship at the University of Iowa.

Her research generally focuses on zoonotic infections (infections which are transferred between animals and humans). She was the first to identify livestock-associated strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States, and has pioneered the investigation of this organism in the United States.

Dr. Smith has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. She has presented her research at numerous national and international platforms, including talks on Capitol Hill on the topic of agriculture and antibiotic resistance.

Her work has been profiled in many publications, including Science magazine and The New York Times.

Dr. Smith is also very active in science communication and outreach. She has maintained a science blog for eight years, and has written three books on infectious disease topics. She also writes about infectious disease for

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