EAG IV was expected to develop a review of the bacterial zoonoses transmitted via companion animals, an overview of the existing surveillance and legislation on bacterial diseases transmitted by companion animals, and a list of key areas for improvement in research surveillance, education, advocacy and intervention.

During the first year of CALLISTO, the bacteriology experts (EAG IV) selected 12 major bacterial and fungal zoonoses based on a thorough review of the current scientific literature. The animal species involved and the mode of transmission vary depending on the specific zoonotic agent.

From the preliminary identification of zoonoses of bacterial origin , EAG IV produced a shorter list of paradigmatic priority pathogens. The route of transmission, occurrence and clinical impact in humans and companion animals were described. For each bacteria of primary concern, aetiology, animal species involved, mode/s of transmission, prevalence of carriage and/or disease in the relevant companion animal species, impact on human health, current measures for disease prevention and control, as link to agriculture, and main reasons for concerns were detailed. EAG IV focused on multidrug-resistant bacterial recently emerged in companion animals and regarded as potential threats to animal and public health.

Click here to learn more about EAG IV activities and achievement inserted in chapter VI of the “Strategy Report - 1st Cycle"