Improving Disease Response Goal of New UofG Tool

February 1, 2016

A new decision-making tool created at the University of Guelph could aid in the complicated task of prioritizing responses to zoonotic diseases and outbreaks.

Many diseases can jump from animals to humans, says Jan Sargeant, director of Guelph’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and a professor in the Department of Population Medicine at U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College.

Zoonotic diseases account for more than 60 per cent of all communicable diseases, and 75 per cent...

Tweets provide flu data: #bluewithflu

January 29, 2016

Hash-tagging your flu-season blues could help track other disease outbreaks, especially among millennials, says a University of Guelph researcher.

Adam Beswick, a MSc. student in epidemiology in the Ontario Veterinary College's Department of Population Medicine, says that when millennials get sick, their first reaction may be to Tweet about it rather than go see  a doctor, where flu cases care normally recorded and reported.

As a result, there may be valuable information...

Farmers relieved to be focus of mental health survey

January 27, 2016

The final push is on this week to connect with farmers across Canada, for the first-ever national mental wellness survey of those who produce our food.

Back when this initiative started in the fall, survey coordinator Prof. Andria Jones-Bitton of the University of Guelph, said she hoped to have 1,000 farmers involved in the survey by the end of the year. That milestone was revised to the end of January, as its intake grew.

Jones-Bitton, an associate professor of epidemiology...

Lab Aims to Make Chickens Healthier to Improve Food Safety

January 25, 2016

The chicken eggs in Prof. Shayan Sharif’s lab look like ordinary eggs, but they’re not. Some of them have been vaccinated against diseases that can cause illness in humans and have cost the poultry industry hundreds of millions of dollars.

“We are developing better ways of controlling microbes in chickens to stop the transmission from chickens to humans,” says Sharif, Department of Pathobiology. Microbes such as salmonella...

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