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Ziad Memish

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Alfonso Rodriguez-Morales


Alvaro A. Faccini-Martinez


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All Members


Keyhan Ashrafi (Iran)
Ariful Basher (Bangladesh)
Mile Bosilkovski (Macedonia)
Antonio Cascio (Italy)
Bruno Chomel (USA)
Fazle Rabbi Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Olgica Djurkovic-Djakovic (Serbia)
Mehmet Doganay (Turkey)
Matthew Dryden (UK)
Eduardo Gotuzzo (Peru)
Akira Ito (Japan)
Georgios Pappas (Greece)
Juan Carlos Sepulveda (Colombia)
Paul Tambyah (Singapore)

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Aims and Objectives

The resurgence of infectious diseases of zoonotic origin observed in recent years imposes a major morbidity/mortality burden worldwide, and also a major economic burden that extends beyond pure medical costs. The resurgence and epidemiology of zoonoses are complex and dynamic, being influenced by varying parameters that can be roughly categorized as human-related, pathogen-related, and climate/environment-related. However, there is significant interplay between these factors. 


The Zoonoses Working Group aims to provide an international platform for promoting and encouraging the effective exchange of information about research and development activities in the zoonoses field (of any etiology, bacterial, viral, parasitic). Our platform supports information flows between academia, clinicians and public health researchers and raises awareness on all sides for the needs of the medical community as well as the problems related to the multiple aspects of zoonoses.

The Working Group plans to continue organising meetings and symposia related to different general and specific topics in zoonoses, as well to keep publishing articles and special issues on zoonoses in major international journals.

Most recently, the group has organised symposia at major international meetings: 28th ICC (June 2013, Japan); 13th International Congress of Parasitology (August 2014, Mexico) and 17th Panamerican ID Congress (May 2015, Ecuador). Special issues at: Journal of Immunology Research (IF=2.9), Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery and Travel Medicine & ID (IF=1.54).


16-19 May 2015 16-19 May 2015 Symposium ISC-API (Panamerican Infectious Diseases Association): Working Group of Zoonoses-ISC, Quito, Ecuador. Topics included: Chronic giardiasis, toxocariasis: a neglected disease?; Human fasciolosis in Latin America: current epidemiology and news therapeutic perspectives; Oral Chagas disease.
10-15 August 2014 Symposium at the 13th International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA): Emerging Topics in Parasitic Zoonotic Diseases. Co-Organized/Endorsed by the Working Group on Zoonoses of the International Society for Chemotherapy (WGZ-ISC). Topics included: Giardiasis, Toxoplasmosis and Chagas disease.
June 2013 International Symposium on Francisella tularensis and Tularemia, Nevsehir (Cappadocia Region of Turkey. (Co-Organisers). Conferences by the ISC-WGZ: Francisella tularensis as a potential bioterrorism or bio-weapon agent - Georgios Pappas - (Greece).
8-11 Nov 2012 Symposium for the 28th ICC in Yokohama, Japan: Parasitic Zoonoses in the Changing World-topics included Cestode Zoonoses, Cysticercosis and Echinococcosis, Food-Borne Parasitic Helminthiases, Climate Changes and its Impact on Parasitic Zoonotic Diseases and Treatment of Zoonotic Intestinal Parasitic Diseases. Conference abstracts Article1/ Article2/ Article3Article4
3-6 Nov 2011 Symposium at the 2nd SEEC in Belgrade, Serbia
May 2011 Workshop at the 21st ECCMID/27th ICC in Milan: EW07: Update in zoonotic infections- topics will include Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Leishmaniasis, Foodborne Zoonoses.

Projects / Publications

Special Issue of Zoonotic Disease and Travel Medicine at Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Guest Editor: Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales. Volume 12, Issue 6, Part A, Pages 555-694 (November–December 2014)
Potential impact of macroclimatic variability on the epidemiology of Giardiasis in three provinces of Cuba, 2010-2012. Escobedo AA, Almirall P, Rumbaut R, Rodríguez-Morales AJ.  Infect Public Health. 2015 Jan-Feb;8(1):80-9.
Skin manifestations of arthropod-borne infection in Latin America. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases Bolivar-Mejia A, Alarcón-Olave C, Rodriguez-Morales AJ.  Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2014 Jun;27(3):288-94
Toxocariasis in the Americas: Burden and Disease Control. Bolivar-Mejia A, Alarcón-Olave C, Calvo-Betancourt LS, Paniz-Mondolfi A, Delgado O, Rodriguez-Morales AJ. Curr Trop Med Rep 2014; 1(1):62-68.
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) involvement in zoonotic diseases. A systematic review. Galleti B, Mannella V, Santoro R, Rodriguez-Morales AJ, Freni F, Galleti C, Galleti F, Cascio A. J Infect Dev Ctries 2014 Jan; 8(1):17-23.
Impact of Climate Change on Zoonotic Diseases in Latin America. Rodriguez-Morales AJ, Delgado-Lopez CA. Book chapter. Chapter 13.
The Socio-Ecology of Zoonotic Infections. Cascio A, Bosilkovski M, Rodriguez-Morales AJ, Pappas G. The Socio-Ecology of Zoonotic Infections. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2011 Mar;17(3):336-342. 
Cardiovascular manifestations of human toxocariasis [in spanish]. Bolívar-Mejía A, Rodríguez-Morales AJ, Paniz-Mondolfi AE, Delgado O. Arch Cardiol Mex. 2013 Apr-Jun;83(2):120-9
Special issue of the Journal Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, on the theme of Human Brucellosis: Update of Bacteriological, Clinical, Diagnostic and Therapeutical Features (2013). Guest Editor: Mehmet Doganay
Special issue of the Journal Clinical and Developmental Immunology, on the theme of "The Immunology of Zoonotic Infections“ (2012). Guest Editors: Georgios Pappas, Antonio Cascio, and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
Global Trends of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases. Int J Antimicrob Agents 2010, 36 (Suppl. 1): S1-S84


The following articles are all from Special Issue: Zoonoses and Travel Medicine  published in Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases


  • Zoonoses and travel medicine: “One world – One health”: Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales, Patricia Schlagenhauf
  • Rabies – An important zoonotic threat for travelers: Philippe Gautret
  • The growing challenge of leishmaniasis in travelers: Carlos Franco-Paredes
  • Ebola and travel – Management of imported cases: Philippe Brouqui, Giuseppe Ippolito


Review Articles

  • Leishmaniasis in travelers: A literature review: Pasquale Mansueto, Aurelio Seidita, Giustina Vitale, Antonio Cascio
  • Culinary delights and travel? A review of zoonotic cestodiases and metacestodiases: Akira Ito, Christine M. Budke
  • Toxoplasmosis as a travel risk: Juan C. Sepúlveda-Arias, Jorge E. Gómez-Marin, Branko Bobić, Carlos A. Naranjo-Galvis, Olgica Djurković-Djaković
  • Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Prevention in travelers: Androula Pavli, Sotirios Tsiodras, Helena C. Maltezou
  • An overview: Tularemia and travel medicine: Aysegul Ulu-Kilic, Mehmet Doganay
  • Transfusion transmitted leishmaniasis. What to do with blood donors from endemic areas? Pasquale Mansueto, Aurelio Seidita, Giustina Vitale, Antonio Cascio
  • Rabies in Greece; historical perspectives in view of the current re-emergence in wild and domestic animals: Sotirios Tsiodras, Laskarina-Maria Korou, Myrsini Tzani, Konstantia E. Tasioudi, Kostantinos Kalachanis, Olga Mangana-Vougiouka, George Rigakos, George Dougas, Aristarchos M. Seimenis, Vassileios Kontos
  • Fascioliasis: A worldwide parasitic disease of importance in travel medicine: Keyhan Ashrafi, M. Dolores Bargues, Sandra O'Neill, Santiago Mas-Coma


Original Research

  • Risk of imported Ebola virus disease in China: Tianmu Chen, Ross Ka-Kit Leung, Ruchun Liu, Faming Chen, Xixing Zhang, Jin Zhao, Shuilian Chen
  • Adverse events following rabies post-exposure prophylaxis: A comparative study of two different schedules and two vaccines: Tugba Sari, Necla Tulek, Cemal Bulut, Behic Oral, Gunay Tuncer Ertem
  • Brucellar epididymo-orchitis: A retrospective multicenter study of 28 cases and review of the literature
  • Umit Savasci, Murat Zor, Ahmet Karakas, Emsal Aydin, Ramazan Kocaaslan N. Cem Oren, Ome rCoskun, Vedat Turhan H. Cem Gulc, A Fuat Cicek, Emin Aydur, Can Polat Eyigun
  • Epidemiological features of intestinal infection with Entamoeba histolytica in Taiwan, 2002–2010: Pak-On Leung, Kou-Huang Chen, Kwo-Liang Chen, Yu-Ting Tsai, Kow-Tong Chen


Diagnostic Challenge

  • Severe sandfly virus infection following domestic travel to the Negev desertMoti Grupper, Hanna Bin, Israel Potasman


Letters to the Editor

  • Ebola virus disease: An emerging zoonosis with importance for travel medicine: Jaime Andrés Cardona-Ospina, Angélica Giselle-Badillo, Carlos E. Calvache-Benavides, Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Moral
  • Risk of cutaneous larva migrans and other zoonotic parasites infections due to feral cats from a touristic tropical park: Evangelina Romero-Callejas, Emilio Rendón-Franco, Claudia Villanueva-García, David Osorio-Sarabia, Claudia I. Muñoz-García
  • Rabies vaccination among migrant workers in Thailand: Beuy Joob, Viroj Wiwanitkit
  • Ebola: A latent threat to Latin America. Are we ready? Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales, Daniel E. Henao, Tulio B. Franco, Percy Mayta-Tristán, Patricio Alfaro-Toloza, Alberto E. Paniz-Mondolfi



  • Ebola and travel, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Jane Chiodin – Short communication, Useful web links and video clips,  
  • Spillover – Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, David Quammen: Patricia Schlagenhauf -  Book review


The following articles are all from Special Issue: Emerging Topics in Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases published by Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery



  • Thematic Issue: Emerging Topics in Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases - Part I: Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
  • MERS-CoV An Emerging Viral Zoonotic Disease: Three Years After and Counting: Ziad A. Memish
  • Zoonotic Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas: Trends in Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment, with Special Emphasis on Brugian Filariasis: Alberto E. Paniz Mondolfi and Emilia M. Sordillo


Other Articles

  • Brucellosis and its Particularities in Children Travelers: Mile Bosilkovski and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
  • The Present Situation of Human Taeniases and Cysticercosis in Asia: Akira Ito, Toni Wandra, Tiaoying Li, Paron Dekumyoy, Agathe Nkouawa, Munehiro Okamoto and Christine M. Budke
  • Anti-Toxoplasma Activity of Natural Products: A Review: Juan C. Sepulveda-Arias, Luz A. Veloza and Luz E. Mantilla-Muriel
  • Bibliometric Assessment of the Latin-American Contributions in Dengue: Felipe Vera-Polania, Yuliana Perilla-Gonzalez, Dayron F. Martinez-Pulgarin, Juan D. Baquero-Rodriguez, Marcela Munoz-Urbano, Mariana Lagos-Gallego, Guillermo J. Lagos-Grisales, Soraya Villegas and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
  • Bibliometric Assessment of the Contributions of Literature on Chagas Disease in Latin America and the Caribbean: Nathalia Delgado-Osorio, Felipe Vera-Polania, Andres F. Lopez-Isaza, Dayron F. Martinez-Pulgarin, Jonathan Murillo-Abadia, Marcela Munoz-Urbano, Jaime A. Cardona-Ospina, Ricardo Bello, Guillermo J. Lagos-Grisales, Soraya Villegas-Rojas and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
  • Scientific Research in Malaria: Bibliometric Assessment of the Latin-American Contributions: Marcela Munoz-Urbano, Andres F. Lopez-Isaza, Natalia Hurtado-Hurtado, Daniela Gomez-Suta, Jonathan Murillo-Abadia, Nathalia Delgado-Osorio, Guillermo J. Lagos-Grisales, Soraya Villegas, Diego A. Medina-Morales and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
  • Study of the Scientific Production on Leishmaniasis in Latin America: Yuliana Perilla-Gonzalez, Daniela Gomez-Suta, Nathalia Delgado-Osorio, Natalia Hurtado-Hurtado, Juan D. Baquero-Rodriguez, Andres F. Lopez-Isaza, Guillermo J. Lagos-Grisales, Soraya Villegas and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales

The following articles are all from  Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, Volume 10, Number 1


  • Thematic Issue: Challenges for Fish Foodborne Parasitic Zoonotic Diseases (Part II): Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales
  • Chikungunya, The 2014, Emerging Infectious Diseases in The Americas: Celia M. Alpuche Aranda and Hugo Lopez-Gatell
  • Malaria by Plasmodium knowlesi, A Zoonosis Transmitted by Vectors: Jorge E. Machado-Alba


  • Human Anthrax as a Re-Emerging Disease: Mehmet Doganay and Hayati Demiraslan
  • Rabies in South Asia: Fighting for Elimination: Fazle-Rabbi Chowdhury, Ariful Basher, Mohammad R. Amin, Nazia Hassan and Mohammad i. Patwary
    Ocular Toxocariasis: New Diagnostic and Therapeutic Perspectives: Dayron F. Martínez-Pulgarin, Marcela Munoz-Urbano, Luz D. Gomez-Suta, Olinda M. Delgado and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
  • Geographical and Occupational Aspects of Leptospirosis in the Coffee-Triangle Region of Colombia, 2007-2011: Laura M. Garcia-Ramirez, Jasmin Y. Giraldo-Pulgarin, Nelly Agudelo-Marin, Yeimer A. Holguin-Rivera, Sebastian Gomez-Sierra, Paola V. Ortiz-Revelo, Nestor J. Velasquez-Bonilla, Yohama Caraballo-Arias, Alvaro Mondragon-Cardona, Carlos O. Lozada-Riascos and Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales
  • Dengue Patients Treated with Doxycycline Showed Lower Mortality Associated to a Reduction in IL-6 and TNF Levels: Terry M. Fredeking, Jorge E. Zavala-Castro, Pedro Gonzalez-Martinez, William Moguel-Rodríguez, Ernesto C. Sanchez, Michael J. Foster and Fredi A. Diaz-Quijano
  • Leptospirosis in an Urban Setting: Cases Diagnosed at a Private Medical Center of Western Colombia, 2008-2012: María M. Ramirez-Ramirez, Olga M. Leon-Castaneda and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
  • From Imported to an Endemic Disease: Impact of Chikungunya Virus Disease in the Hospital Epidemiology, Tolima, Colombia: Carlos E. Jimenez-Canizales, David A. Medina-Gaitan, Álvaro E. Mondragon-Cardona and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales




Last updated: November 28th-2019