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Veterinary sites

  • AgTerror Preparedness Center
    This site was created as a training course for emergency responders. This course, Foreign Animal Disease Response, was approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Animal Disease Information
    Animal disease factsheets, image database, power points, zoonotic fast facts, disease wall charts, etc.
  • Anthrax QA
    USDA APHIS Veterinary Services
  • Anthrax: Zoonotic Information
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
    One of the major obstacles to understanding the issue of antimicrobial resistance is that the subject material appears abstract and is complex. This animated 9 minute video produced by The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine was designed to make the concept of antimicrobial resistance more understandable to veterinarians, livestock producers, lawmakers, consumer representatives, and other key audiences.
  • Baylisascaris procyonis
    Baylisascaris procyonis, a roundworm infection of raccoons, is emerging as an important helminthic zoonosis, principally affecting young children.
  • Cat Scratch Disease
  • Control Of Parasites In Companion Animals
    The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is an independent group of U.S. veterinary, governmental, and association leaders in the parasitology field. This site contains guidelines for optimal control of pets' internal and external parasites.
  • Epizootics of Anthrax in Livestock Populations
  • Food Security Website
    The Iowa State University Center for Food Security And Public Health (click on Animal Diseases) has 90 fact sheets and 45 PowerPoint Presentations on diseases that affect animals and people; can download for FREE by using the above web address. Has info on foreign disease, agents of bioterrorism/agro terrorism, reportable disease, and zoonotic disease info being added.
  • Human Anthrax Associated with an Epizootic Among Livestock North Dakota, 2000
  • Latex Allergy: How Safe Are Your Gloves?
    The American College of Surgeons provides concise information about various types of latex surgical gloves and their impact on latex allergy in health workers. Latex allergy in health care workers is much higher than in the general population, with a 7 -17% incidence in health professionals. There is significant variability in the amount of allergens in different brands of latex gloves. Learn more about risk factors and which latex gloves are least likely to cause adverse effects.
  • Mad Cows: Behind the British Beef Scare
  • National Avian Influenza Surveillance Information
    This newly developed database and Web application called HEDDS (HPAI Early Detection Data System) shares information on sample collection sites, bird species sampled, and test results.
  • Parasitic Disease Information
    Prevention of Zoonotic Transmission of Ascarids and Hookworms of Dogs and Cats: Guidelines for Veterinarians from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Rabies
    Information on rabies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Rabies Lab
    The KSUCVM Rabies Lab performs a variety of services including serologic testing of humans, serologic testing of animals for export to rabies free countries, diagnostic testing of Kansas and Nebraska animals, maintenance of numerous related databases, etc. This site's special sections include: FA Test for Rabies, Serologic Testing (RFFIT and FAVN), Rabies in the News, and Rabies links.
  • West Nile Virus Web-site City/State Directory
  • West Nile Virus Web-site Links
  • West Nile Virus: Detection, Surveillance, and Control
    Volume 951 published December 2001 in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. This comprehensive book is available online. Abstracts and/or full texts of each article can be downloaded separately. Go to the bottom of the Contents list on the web for an explanation of how to select and download multiple articles.
  • Wildlife Zoonoses
    Health concerns to be aware of when working with wildlife.
  • Zoonotic Diseases
    Fact sheets on specific zoonotic diseases
  • Zoonotic Diseases Tutorial
    For each disease, you will find text and, in most cases, associated images providing a brief review of the microbiology of the etiologic agent, descriptions of the clinical presentations in both animals and humans, information related to diagnosis, treatment and control in animals, and selected references. Presented by the University of Wisconsin.

Human sites

  • (WHO_ Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR)
    The Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR) page provides information on epidemic-prone and emerging disease threats.
  • Anthrax e-Tool
    This is an illustrated, interactive web-based training tool on the occupational safety and health topic of anthrax.
  • Anthrax Information Page
  • Avian Flu Information
    Information from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on the status of avian influenza.
  • Avian Flu Information
    Information from the Centers For Disease Control on the status of avian influenza.
  • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
    Information about Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy by the University of Illinois. In depth coverage of this topic includes the history of the disease, discussion of prions, and human and animal Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). This site is designed for the education of the general public regarding the risk, cause, concerns, and problems associated with prion diseases.
  • Canary Data Base
    The Canary Database contains studies in the biomedical literature that explore the use of wildlife, domestic, and companion animals as sentinels for the effects of chemical, biological, and physical hazards in the environment that may be a risk to human health.
  • Cat-Scratch Fever
    A slowly progressive, self-limiting, and chronic lymphadenopathy occurring in children. Lecture notes from Dr. Neal Chamberlain.
  • CDC (Spanish Language Version)
    This site is the Centers for Disease Control and Protection's attempt to become more available to the Spanish-speaking population.
  • CDC - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
    The CDC SARS information page provides information on SARS..
  • CDC Plague Home Page
    Plague is an infectious disease of animals and humans caused by a bacterium named Yersinia pestis. Epidemics of plague in humans usually involve house rats and their fleas. People usually get plague from being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an infected animal.
  • Centre For Evidence Based Medicine
    This site explains how to learn, use, and teach evidence based medicine.
  • Disease Outbreak News
    Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR) pages presented by WHO.
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, GA
  • Enteric Disease Associated With Animal Contact
    (PDF) This article summarizes zoonotic enteric disease transmission from animals to humans and includes specific incidences such as salmonellosis from kittens, reptiles, and chicks; campylobacter and cryptosporidium from dairy calves; and E. coli from calves.
  • Healthy Resolutions
    Practical steps you can take to help yourself increase your chances for success at keeping your healthy resolutions.
  • Healthy Swimming
    The CDC's Healthy Swimming program offers information and resources to raise awareness about Recreational Water Illness (RWI) and how to prevent it by practicing Healthy Swimming behaviors.
  • Household Products Database
    This NLM/NIH site links over 4,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by the manufacturers. Search/browse by product name, chemical, or MSDS. Records for each product contain a physical description of the product, its purpose, the manufacturer with address and telephone numbers, health effects, safe handling and disposal information, and ingredients from the product's label and/or Material Safety Data Sheets.
    News articles and links to other relevant sites and organizations.
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
    Good information for clients and clinicians regarding this emerging disease.
  • National Center for Infectious Diseases Surveillance Resources pages
    Offers information about disease surveillance systems operating within or collaborating with the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
  • Open Source Epidemiologic Statistics for Public Health
    OpenEpi provides statistics for counts and measurements in descriptive and analytic studies, stratified analysis with exact confidence limits, matched pair and person-time analysis, sample size and power calculations, random numbers, sensitivity, specificity and other evaluation statistics, R x C tables, chi-square for dose-response, and links to other useful sites.
  • Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) Journal
    The CDC's journal addresses the interface between applied prevention research and public health practice in chronic disease prevention. PCD focuses on preventing diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, which are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. See for a review of health practices directed toward aging well.
  • Providing Mass Medical Care With Scarce Resources: A Community Planning Guide
    This site provides community, institutional, state, and federal planners with information on planning for and responding to a mass casualty event (MCE).
  • Rare Diseases
    The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare orphan diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.
  • The Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCO)
    This website contains links to a whole range of issues of food safety (Bio-Security, Consumer Info, Pathogens, Foreign Matter, Chemical Residues, Animal Health And Quality Assurance, Food Safety Management, and Best Processing Practices).
  • Tornadoes
    Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family. During a tornado, people face hazards from extremely high winds and risk being struck by flying and falling objects. After a tornado, the wreckage left behind poses additional injury risks. Although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, there are actions you can take for your health and safety.
  • WHO Guidance on Anthrax
  • World Anthrax Data Site
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Health Topics

General sites

  • APHIS Veterinary Services Monitoring and Surveillance
    With links to the Centers for Epidemiology & Animal Health (CEAH) and the Center for Animal Health Monitoring (CAHM).
  • Federation of American Scientists
    International Lookout for Infectious Animal Disease: Policy research, analysis and education project to address global security issues impacted by outbreaks of animal and zoonotic diseases.
  • How To Prevent Transmission of Intestinal Roundworms from Pets to People
    These guidelines address transmission of intestinal ascarids and hookworms from dogs and cats to people and recommend counseling of dog and cat owners and well-timed preventive anthelmintic treatments for pets.
  • Office International des Epizooties (OIE)
    Objectives of OIE are: to guarantee the transparency of animal disease status world-wide, to collect, analyze and disseminate veterinary scientific information, to provide expertise and promote international solidarity for the control of animal diseases, and to guarantee the sanitary safety of world trade by developing sanitary rules for international trade in animals and animal products.
  • West Nile Virus
    The CDC West Nile Virus questions and answers page. Provides information on such things as transmission, symptoms, prevention, reporting and much more.
  • World organisation for animal health
    Current Disease Info - Weekly Info page

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