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Environmental monitoring to enhance comprehension and control of infectious diseases

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-17, 13:50 authored by Scott CarverScott Carver, Kilpatrick, AM, Kuenzi, A, Douglass, R, Ostfeld, RS, Weinstein, P
In a world of emerging and resurging infectious diseases, dominated by zoonoses, environmental monitoring plays a vital role in our understanding their dynamics and their spillover to humans. Here, we critically review the ecology, epidemiology and need for monitoring of a variety of directly transmitted (Sin Nombre virus, Avian Influenza) and vector-borne (Ross River virus, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis) zoonoses. We focus on the valuable role that existing monitoring plays in the understanding of these zoonoses, the demands for new monitoring, and how improvements can be made to existing monitoring. We also identify the fruitful outcomes which would result from implementation of the monitoring demands we have highlighted. This review aims to promote improvements in our understanding of zoonoses, their management, and public health by encouraging discussion among researchers and public health officials.


Publication title

Journal of Environmental Monitoring








School of Natural Sciences


Royal Soc Chemistry

Place of publication

Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Rd, Cambridge, England, Cambs, Cb4 0Wf

Rights statement

Copyright 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments

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