Poll: Which of these are zoonotic pathogens?

If you’re a frequent follower of this blog, you’ll remember a recent post series discussing how the definition of the term “vector” is not universal; different people/fields use different definitions. That surprised me, but not as much as a recent conversation that I had regarding the term “zoonotic disease.” So, I’ve come out of my unofficial blogging hiatus (sorry! life happened!) to pose this question to you, my dear guinea pigs readers: which of these represent zoonotic pathogens?

The purple arrows in the cartoons mean “transmit to.” So we have:

  • A. Humans transmit to humans
  • B. Humans transmit to the environment and the environment transmits to humans
  • C. Humans transmit to invertebrates (e.g., mosquitoes) and invertebrates transmits to humans
  • D. Humans OR vertebrate animals transmit to humans
  • E. Humans OR vertebrate animals transmit to the environment and the environment transmits to humans
  • F. Humans OR vertebrate animals transmit to invertebrates (e.g., mosquitoes) and invertebrates transmits to humans
  • G. Vertebrate animals transmit to humans
  • H. Vertebrate animals transmit to the environment and the environment transmits to humans
  • I. Vertebrate animals transmit to invertebrates (e.g., mosquitoes) and invertebrates transmits to humans

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3 thoughts on “Poll: Which of these are zoonotic pathogens?

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