EAG III was expected to identify companion animals zoonoses of viral origin. This group focused on producing a preliminary list of viruses of concern to humans and food animals.

From the definition of the list, EAG III 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 virus 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 illustrated.

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