Livestock the source of much human disease

Researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute have mapped the locations of zoonotic diseases putting together a top 20 list of hotspots.

They found countries like Ethiopia, Nigeria and India have the highest zoonotic disease burdens.

The northeast US, the UK, Brazil and parts of South-East Asia may be hotspots of emerging zoonoses, they said. Most zoonotic human infections were acquired from the world’s 24 billion livestock, including pigs, poultry, cattle,