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Volume 25(2), Summer 2015

FECAVA symposium

Pets & zoonoses

The CALLISTO project approach to prioritising efforts

on the control of pet-related zoonotic diseases

by Gad Baneth

Raising awareness


“Pets are part of the family, and are an important part of our lives. However, there are also health risks involved, of which people should be aware”


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The companion animal multisectorial interprofessional and interdisciplinary strategic think tank on zoonoses (CALLISTO) project studied infectious diseases transmitted between companion animals, man and food-producing animals and formed recommendations for the research and management of these diseases in Europe.

Prioritisation of diseases for which intervention should be considered was carried out by a new method based on questionnaires and scoring system adapted from a method developed for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The CALLISTO prioritisation method was used to identify the most important pathogens and diseases based ...

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Top priorities


The range of topics and situations which CALLISTO dealt with was very broad and included a large number of animal species considered as pets or companion animals, a wide geographical area and a variety of different pathogens and means of transmission. It considered both zoonotic diseases as well as non-zoonotic infections transmitted from pet animals to domestic farm animals with important economic impact.


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Click on each category to read the main recommendations in that field. Detailed reasoning behind the recommendations can be found in CALLISTO’s third strategic report.