Researchers and vets map animal diseases

Researchers and vets map animal diseases

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Canada: Infectious disease researchers in Canada and veterinarians have together launched an interactive online map designed to track diseases in dogs, cats, and horses around the world. The map named Worms and Germs Map can be accessed for free online.

Worms and Germs Map tracks diseases in dogs, cats, and horses around the world

Above: A screenshot of the Worms and Germs Map.

The map was developed by Scott Weese, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, and Maureen Anderson, lead veterinarian of animal health and welfare at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Cases are largely submitted for inclusion by the veterinarians and veterinary technicians who are seeing cases in the field. The map not only classifies various diseases according to the species but also provides information regarding when the case was confirmed, whether the affected animal has a history of travel, and the affected horse's signalment (age, breed, sex) etc.

Source: TheHorse