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Sample validation for emerging zoonotic infections in New Brunswick

Category(s): Health
Status: Closed
Principal: Duncan Webster
Project Number: P0008
Year Approved: 2016

Project Description

The majority of emerging human infectious diseases are illnesses in animals that can be transmitted to humans. The most familiar of these illnesses to Canadians are the West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

This research will produce estimates of the prevalence of a select number of emerging zoonotic pathogens through an anonymized provincial serosurvey, using residual blood samples submitted for diagnostic tests as part of routine health checkups. In order to determine whether these samples are representative of the population, the findings were compared to patient-level data at NB-IRDT. This research will inform public health policymaking in future.

No report anticipated.