zoonotic diseases

Second Case Of Rat Hepatitis In A Human Reported In Hong Kong

Second Case Of Rat Hepatitis In A Human Reported In Hong Kong

A 70-year-old Hong Kong woman has contracted the rat-specific version of Hepatitis E, signifying only the second time the disease has been documented in humans. Health officials in China are now scrambling to understand the implications of this disturbing new development.

Humans, Not Rats, May Have Been Responsible For Spreading The Black Death

Humans, Not Rats, May Have Been Responsible For Spreading The Black Death

The Black Death, a plague responsible for killing around a third of the population of Europe during the 14th century, spread to millions of humans by rats that carried infected fleas – right? That’s the story we’ve long been told by historians. A new study upends this conventional thinking, showing…

African Monkeys Caught Eating Bats For The First Time

African Monkeys Caught Eating Bats For The First Time

Researchers working in Africa are the first to observe monkeys preying on bats. The unusual behaviour, which may have something to do with loss of habitat, could explain how dangerous diseases such as Ebola spread among species — and eventually to humans.