Could the next generation of killer diseases come from the family pet? Scientists say cats and dogs 'large potential source' of human diseases
By Mark Prigg
PUBLISHED: 11:48 EST, 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 12:33 EST, 12 November 2012
A new generation of killer diseases set to hit mankind could come from cats and dogs, a study has found.
Scientists say human beings will soon be infecting serious illnesses which have spread from their domestic pets.
report found the risk to humans from animal-based 'emerging diseases'
has increased as pets have moved 'out of the barn' and into homes.
Researchers say that domestic pets such as this Afghan Hound could be the source of the next major diseases to jump between animals and humans.
It says people are
becoming more and more at risk because pets are increasingly part of
their owner's lives - including sleeping in their bedrooms.
report says diseases in humans started by animals will be increasingly
virulent - like canine rabies which kills around 55,000 people in Africa
and Asia each year.
It calls for global monitoring of these 'zoonotic' diseases - spreads from animals to humans - so medicines and vaccines can be developed.
study was led by Michael Day, Professor of Veterinary Pathology in the
School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol and published
in journal Emerging Infectious Diseases,
He says cats and dogs are a 'large potential source' of the new generation of diseases set to hit mankind.
Professor Day said: 'The number of small companion animals is significant.
example there are an estimated eight to ten million dogs living in up
to 31 per cent of UK homes and in the USA, 72 million dogs in 37 per
cent of homes.
developed countries the relationship between man and dogs and cats has
deepened, with these animals now closely sharing the human indoor
benefits of pet ownership on human health, well-being and development
are unquestionable, but as dogs and cats have moved from the barn, to
the house, to the bedroom, the potential for disease spread to humans
Researchers say the increased number of owners who sleep with their pets has increased the risk of diseases spreading from them to their owners
report was backed by The World Small Animal Veterinary Association
(WSAVA), One Health Committee, the US Centres for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the
World Health Organization (WHO).
The report said international health agencies largely monitor diseases spread by livestock - not domestic pets.
Day added: 'For example, the WHO monitors human influenza virus
infection through a network of 111 centres in 83 countries.
'In contrast, there is no such monitoring for the infections that may be transmitted between small companion animals and man.'
Headlines Newsview all
New reports surfacing online allege that actress Ini Edo’s marriage has crashed. Ini Edo, who got married to her American based business man, Phillip in 2008, ... Full story
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria opens up on $9.3m arms deal
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday for the first time spoke on the controversial $9.3m cash allegedly smuggled into ...
The GO of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye, says abortion is ungodly and unbiblical. He made his position known via ... Full story
Rate this article
Few months ago, top Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim, confirmed that she had divorced her husband, which shocked most of her fans. Before then, there were ...
Top human rights activist, Femi Falana has disclosed that the private jet of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) president, Ayo Oritsejafor which was recently reported ...
Dramatic footage of a young man dangerously jumping from The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) gallery was shown to congregants on Sunday 28th September ...
One of the top hotels in Nigeria, Sheraton Lagos, in presently in the hot soup of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) as a copyright ...
Over the weekend, bedroom pictures showing Davido and Ghanaian beauty queen, Habiba Sinare together flooded the internet. The pictures generated some reactions among fans of ...
On Monday, September 29, 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan decorated some Nigerians, including Nollywood icons, with National Honours. The event was held in Abuja, the Nation’s ...
Some days ago, it was reported that music act, who is planning to become an elected politician in Oyo State, Abolore Akande, well known as ...
Few days ago, ace music artiste and former member of the defunct Remedies group, Tony Tetuila was under severe criticism for campaigning with his blonde ...
Nollywood has come to stay and waxing stronger as the day goes by to the extent that other countries want to associate with the industry ...
The online auction site eBay is planning to split off its payments system PayPal into a separate company. It expects to do that in the second ...