Sunday, May 08, 2016

Upcoming COCA Call: Drivers of Infectious Diseases

Credit WHO

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Of the infectious diseases that affect mankind, most are zoonotic; they have an origin from another species. Tuberculosis, which now infects 1/3rd of humanity, likely jumped from domesticated goats and cattle.  Measles probably evolved from canine distemper and/or the Rinderpest virus of cattle.  

Other zoonotic nasties include Babesiosis, Borrelia (Lyme), Nipah, Hendra, Malaria, Hantavirus, Ebola, Leptospirosis, Q-Fever, bird flu . . . the list is long and growing.

Roughly 70% of the infectious diseases that afflict man are believed to have begun in some other species, and new ones (think Zika, MERS-CoV, H7N9, H5N1, SFTS, etc. ) continue to show up each year. 

On Thursday of this coming week the CDC will hold a COCA Call on understanding the drivers of zoonotic diseases.

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Participate by Phone:
  • 888-769-8519(U.S. Callers)
  • 1-517-308-9276 (International Callers)
Participate by Webinar:


William B. Karesh, DVM
Executive Vice President, Health & Policy
EcoHealth Alliance


Animal health represents an important factor in public health as zoonoses account for nearly two-thirds of human infectious diseases—the majority are from wild species. This is especially relevant given increasing pressures on our environment that are changing human contact with wildlife, resulting in the growing threat of disease emergence to our global and local public health and economies. Leading drivers of infectious disease emergence in humans from wildlife include anthropogenic pressures such as land use change, food production systems, and trade and travel. These complex drivers require broad and novel approaches to predict and prevent disease emergence. A multi-sectoral or One Health approach that considers the human-animal-environment links can promote synergies among public health, veterinary, and medical professions with other disciplines.


  • Identify key drivers of zoonotic infectious disease emergence
  • Describe approaches to identifying risk factors for zoonotic diseases
  • Describe the difference between disease occurrence mapping and correlation-based disease risk mapping

Call Format

  • Audio conference call on 5/12/16: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM EST on 5/12/16
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

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