Scientists Map Human-Animal Disease Burden

A study produced by the International Livestock Research Institution (ILRI) provides maps that mark 'hotspots' of human-animal diseases such as rabies, bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. The diseases named in the report cause an estimated 2.3 billion human illnesses and 1.7 million deaths per year.

Photo: ILRI

In sub-Saharan Africa 99.9 percent of livestock losses do not appear in official disease reports.


  • Africa:  More Milk and Meat At a Price

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 5 July 2012

    Only 13 diseases or infections transmitted from animals to humans like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever, are responsible for around 2.4 billion cases of human illness and ... read more »

  • Egypt:  Livestock Disease Puts Livelihoods, Food Security At Risk

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 27 March 2012

    A new strain of foot-and-mouth disease in Egypt has killed several thousand livestock, put farmers' livelihoods at risk and could threaten regional food security, say local and ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Rift Valley Fever - Minister Must Act to Mitigate the Impact of Deficient Vaccines

    Democratic Alliance, 3 April 2012

    It has come to the attention of the Democratic Alliance (DA) that vaccines produced by state-run Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) for the deadly Rift Valley Fever (RVF) are ... read more »

  • Sudan:  Unity State - 20 People Die of Rabies in Payinjiar County

    Sudan Tribune, 3 July 2012

    The Commissioner of Payinjiar County in South Sudan's Unity State, Peter Gai Joak, told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that rabies has killed 20 people in his area. read more »

  • Uganda:  Govt Warns On Unsafe Milk

    New Vision, 22 June 2012

    Government has issued a warning to the public against consuming milk that is unprocessed or unboiled. read more »

  • Africa:  Illegally Imported Bushmeat Contained Bacteria - Study

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 14 January 2012

    Bushmeat illegally imported from Africa and seized at five top US airports often contained potentially dangerous bacteria, according to a new study made public in the US. read more »

  • Rwanda:  Cattle Keepers Lose Over Rwf 167 Million to Disease

    The New Times, 15 March 2012

    Cattle keepers in Kigali have lost stock worth Rwf 167 million to Brucellosis, a cattle disease caused by the brucella abortus bacteria which leads to miscarriages in the animals. read more »

  • Ghana:  Anthrax Kills Two At Balungu, Vaccination Exercise On Hold

    Ghanaian Chronicle, 28 May 2012

    After veterinary officers in the Upper East Region had successfully brought anthrax under control in the Bawku West District, the disease has surfaced in the Bongo District, ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Institute Laments Over Cases of Trypanosomiasis in Kebbi

    Daily Trust, 25 June 2012

    The North-West Zonal Director of the Institute for Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) Research, Dr. Abdulkadri Abubakari at the weekend lamented over the high rate of ... read more »

Photo: ILRI

This map locates zoonotic events over the past 72 years, with recent events marked in blue.