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Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

New Content ItemInfectious diseases pose a critical threat to global health security with high morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. Many infectious agents have emerged and reemerged in recent decades due to the dynamic host–pathogen interactions, partially driven by anthropogenic selection, niche adaptation and climate change. These factors present major challenges to the public health and agricultural systems through the constant need for the development of cost-effective diagnosis, prevention, and therapeutic strategies, in addition to maintaining real-time epidemiological surveillance. Current control measures based on rapid diagnosis, conventional vaccination, quarantine, and culling of affected animals have not been sufficient to stop those emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including ASFV in pigs and COVID-19 in humans, from becoming major veterinary public health issues to the globe public health crisis.

In response to this, the Special Issue “Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases” will focus on COVID-19, ASFV, Ebola, Influenza, ZIKA, and other recent bacterial, parasitic, fungal diseases of major veterinary and public health importance.

Topics of interest include:

  • Molecular surveillance and epidemiology 
  • Clinical investigation of emerging or re-emerging infectious disease, including newly characterized zoonotic pathogens or their variants
  • Innovative strategies for pathogen detection, drug and vaccine development, and disease control and prevention
  • Influence of global warming on emerging and re-emerging diseases
  • One health, biosecurity and public health issues related to pathogen emergence or re-emergence
  • Review or opinion regarding timely emerging or re-emerging infectious disease, including policy and planning for the control of infections
  • Other explorative research in understanding pathogen and host interactions within the topic

Editorial Board

Guest Editor: Lihua Xiao

Associate Editor of Animal Diseases
Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, South China Agricultural University, China
Email: lxiao@scau.edu.cn

Guest Editor: Min Yue 

Board member of Animal Diseases
Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Zhejiang University, China
Email: myue@zju.edu.cn

Science Editor: Fang He

Board member of Animal Diseases
Professor of Veterinary Virology, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Zhejiang University, China
Email: hefangzj@zju.edu.cn

Science Editor: Wentao Li

Professor of Veterinary Virology, College of Animal Sciences & Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
Email: wentao@mail.hzau.edu.cn


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