Approximately 60% of human pathogens are zoonotic, and approximately 80% of novel pathogens have zoonotic origins. It is also thought that the processes leading to the emergence of novel pathogens are similar to those resulting in exposure to and spread of known zoonotic pathogens. Our understanding of the mechanisms and processes underlying the emergence of novel pathogens should benefit from investigation of pathogens that we already know about. This will go a long way in improving our ability to predict the emergence and spread of new infectious diseases hence provide an opportunity to understand the biology and ecology of existing pathogens.
The study uses an interdisciplinary approach to study E. coli as an exemplar microbe for this purpose because it is zoonotic, exists in many hosts, in most environments, on food and in milk and has pathogen and non-pathogen forms.
- University of Liverpool
- University College London
- International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
- University of Nairobi
- Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- The Royal Veterinary College
- International Institute for Environment
- Start Date: January 2012
- End Date: December 2016