Like human health, animal health can be threatened by various pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites), some of which can also affect human health (zoonoses). ANSES contributes to the prevention and control of the major and emerging animal diseases affecting both farm animals and wildlife, and in doing so participates in the protection of public health. See our articles on certain animal diseases.
Bovine tuberculosis is an animal disease transmissible to humans that primarily affects cattle herds. France has enjoyed disease-free status since 2001, but a few outbreaks persist in certain départements and are currently covered by specific surveillance and management measures, making it possible for this status to be maintained. Below you will find an overview of this disease, its situation in France and the role played by the Agency.
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral infection that is not transmissible to humans. It remains one of the main concerns of livestock farmers and health authorities, due to its potentially huge socio-economic impact. Below is a detailed review of ANSES’s work on FMD.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that affect many different animal species and, in some cases, also humans. They can cause a wide range of diseases, but primarily infect the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. In terms of public health, the most well-known coronavirus is the virus that caused the SARS epidemic (severe acute respiratory syndrome). In September 2012, a novel coronavirus was detected in the Middle East in patients who had developed symptoms during the 2nd quarter of 2012. The origin of this virus has not yet been fully established. It is however very similar to the SARS-CoV virus, and to viruses that usually affect certain species of bats. One current hypothesis concerning the origin of the virus is that it adapted to one or more other animal species closer to humans, thus enabling human infection. This family of viruses is presented below, along with the work of the Agency on animal coronaviruses.
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