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Animal Pathogens

Animal pathogens cause many diseases of economic importance to U.S. livestock and poultry industries. Some of the most closely watched animal diseases, include: mad cow disease, brucellosis, leptospirosis, and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome. These and other pathogens may also contaminate foods and otherwise endanger human health.


Below is a map display of a daily 90-day report syndicated by EpiSPIDER from the WAHID site that shows animal disease outbreaks from around the world. For a better display, click on View Larger Map.

United States Department of Agriculture

Provides links to cross-government Web sites; fact sheets; global distribution; surveillance systems and more.

Grazing Holstein cows
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)


Food Safety Research Information Office

Animal Welfare Information Center

ship in harbor

Science Daily. May 29, 2008.

Ships are inadvertently carrying trillions of stoways in their ballast water tanks. When pumped out, invasive species could be released into new environments, where disease-causing microbes pose new risks to public health.