Public Health

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Humans, livestock in Kenya linked in sickness and in health

Study offers unique view of human health through the lens of animal healthThis is a farmer enrolled in the study walks his cattle in western Kenya. Credit: Courtesy, T.

Growth of global antibiotic use for livestock raises concerns about drug resistance

Use of antibiotics in livestock – used routinely in modern farming to prevent disease and promote growth – is set to rise 67% by 2030, raising concerns about increasing superbugs.

In Illinois, muskrats and minks harbor toxoplasmosis, a cat disease

A new study of muskrats and minks in central Illinois indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways.

Health initiative targets exotic pet keepers

In response to the burgeoning exotic pet trade, and subsequent increased risk to humanhealth, the Emergent Disease Foundation, One Health Initiative, Worldwide VeterinaryService, and UNISON…

Politically driven legislation targeting dangerous dogs has had little impact

UK legislation that targets ‘dangerous dogs’ has not been shown to reduce dog bites and policies should be based on evidence and risk assessment, suggests a personal view published on thebmj.

The impact of “animal interventions” in healthcare settings

While many people have an opinion on whether animals can help to improve wellbeing and care for patients in hospitals, does anyone really know whether there are benefits both for the patients and the…

Survey of UK dog owners looks at dog aggression towards people

Aggressive dogs represent a serious risk to human health, tragically causing fatalities in rare cases. The development of aggression can also impact on a dog’s welfare, because of a breakdown of the human-pet bond, euthanasia or relinquishment.

Technique Meant To Keep Elephants And Humans Safe Has Opposite Effects

Human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka kills more than 70 humans and 200 Asian elephants every year. One of the most common tools in combating these conflicts is moving the elephants into ranges away from humans, often into national parks. This is done i…