Humans rely on animals for a wide range of goods—from materials and nutrition to labor and companionship. With the human population continuing to rapidly grow, ensuring the health and safety of animals is more important than ever.
Disease outbreaks pose one of the biggest threats to animal populations. In the cattle industry, for example, highly infectious respiratory diseases like shipping fever result in reduced feed efficiency and average daily gain, potentially leading to shortages in beef and dairy products. Similarly, in poultry populations, chronic disease and infectious sinusitis associated with mycoplasma respiratory infections result in extensive losses from decreased egg production, hatchability, and chick viability.
Animal disease can also directly impact human health through zoonotic transmission. Many of these diseases can be severe, as humans are a naïve population. The 1918 H1N1 influenza virus, HIV, Ebolavirus, the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, and even SARS-CoV-2 all began as zoonotic transmissions.
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