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Alfonso Rodriguez-Morales

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Keyhan Ashrafi (Iran)
Ariful Basher (Bangladesh)
Mile Bosilkovski (Macedonia)
Antonio Cascio (Italy)
Bruno Chomel (USA)
Fazle Rabbi Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Olgica Djurkovic-Djakovic (Serbia)
Mehmet Doganay (Turkey)
Matthew Dryden (UK)
Angel Escobedo (Cuba)
Alvaro A. Faccini-Martinez (Colombia)
Eduardo Gotuzzo (Peru)
Akira Ito (Japan)
Georgios Pappas (Greece)
Juan Carlos Sepulveda (Colombia)
Paul Tambyah (Singapore)


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Aims and Objectives

The resurgence of infectious diseases of zoonotic origin observed in recent years imposes a major morbidity/mortality burden worldwide, and also a major economic burden that extends beyond pure medical costs. The resurgence and epidemiology of zoonoses are complex and dynamic, being influenced by varying parameters that can roughly be categorized as human-related, pathogen-related, and climate/environment-related; however, there is significant interplay between these factors. The Zoonose Working Group aims to provide an international platform for promoting and encouraging the effective exchange of information about research and development activities in the zoonoses field (of any etiology, bacterial, viral, parasitic). Our platform supports information flows between academia, clinicians and public health researchers and raises awareness on all sides for the needs of the medical community as well as the problems related to the multiple aspects of zoonoses.

The Working Group plans to keep organising meetings and symposia related to different general and specific topics in zoonoses, as well to keep publishing articles and special issues on zoonoses in major international journals.

Most recently, the group has organised symposia at major international meetings: 28th ICC (June 2013, Japan); 13th International Congress of Parasitology (August 2014, Mexico) and 17th Panamerican ID Congress (May 2015, Ecuador). Special issues at: Journal of Immunology Research (IF=2.9), Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery and Travel Medicine & ID (IF=1.54).


May 2011 Workshop at the 21st ECCMID/27th ICC in Milan: EW07: Update in zoonotic infections- topics will include Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Leishmaniasis, Foodborne Zoonoses. 
3-6 Nov 2011 Symposium at the 2nd SEEC in Belgrade, Serbia
8-11 Nov 2012 Symposium for the 28th ICC in Yokohama, Japan: Parasitic Zoonoses in the Changing World-topics included Cestode Zoonoses, Cysticercosis and Echinococcosis, Food-Borne Parasitic Helminthiases, Climate Changes and its Impact on Parasitic Zoonotic Diseases and Treatment of Zoonotic Intestinal Parasitic Diseases. Conference abstracts Article1/ Article2/ Article3Article4
June 2013 International Symposium on Francisella tularensis and Tularemia. June 19-22, Nevsehir (Cappadocia Region of Turkey. (Co-Organisers). Conferences by the ISC-WGZ: Francisella tularensis as a potential bioterrorism or bio-weapon agent - Georgios Pappas - (Greece). 
10-15 August 2014 Symposium at the 13th International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA): Emerging Topics in Parasitic Zoonotic Diseases. Co-Organized/Endorsed by the Working Group on Zoonoses of the International Society for Chemotherapy (WGZ-ISC). Included: Giardiasis, Toxoplasmosis and Chagas disease. ICOPA Programme
16-19 May 2015 16-19 May 2015 Symposium ISC-API (Panamerican Infectious Diseases Association): Working Group of Zoonoses-ISC, Quito, Ecuador. Topics included: Chronic giardiasis, toxocariasis: a neglected disease ?, Human fasciolosis in Latin America: current epidemiology and news therapeutic perspectives, Oral Chagas disease. Programme


Projects / Publications

Int J Antimicrob Agents 2010, 36 (Suppl. 1): S1-S84
Special issue of the journal Clinical and Developmental Immunology, on the theme of "The Immunology of Zoonotic Infections“ (2012), the issue can be accessed freely HERE. Guest Editors: Georgios Pappas, Antonio Cascio, and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
Special issue of the journal Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, on the theme of “Human Brucellosis: Update of Bacteriological, Clinical, Diagnostic and Therapeutical Features” (2013), the issue can be accessed freely HERE Guest Editor: Mehmet Doganay
Bolívar-Mejía A, Rodríguez-Morales AJ, Paniz-Mondolfi AE, Delgado O. Cardiovascular manifestations of human toxocariasis [in spanish]. Arch Cardiol Mex 2013 Feb 26; Epub ahead (Indexed on Medline/Index Medicus) HERE
Cascio A, Bosilkovski M, Rodriguez-Morales AJ, Pappas G. The Socio-Ecology of Zoonotic Infections. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2011 Mar;17(3):336-342. (Indexed on Medline/Index Medicus)
Book Chapter: Chapter 13. Impact of Climate Change on Zoonotic Diseases in Latin America. By Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales and Carlos A. Delgado-López
DOI: 10.5772/50605. HERE
Galleti B, Mannella V, Santoro R, Rodriguez-Morales AJ, Freni F, Galleti C, Galleti F, Cascio A. Ear, nose and throat (ENT) involvement in zoonotic diseases. A systematic review. J Infect Dev Ctries 2014 Jan; 8(1):17-23.
Bolivar-Mejia A, Alarcón-Olave C, Calvo-Betancourt LS, Paniz-Mondolfi A, Delgado O, Rodriguez-Morales AJ. Toxocariasis in the Americas: Burden and Disease Control. Curr Trop Med Rep 2014; 1(1):62-68.
Bolivar-Mejia A, Alarcón-Olave C, Rodriguez-Morales AJ. Skin manifestations of arthropod-borne infection in Latin America. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases 2014 Jun; 27(3):288-294
Escobedo AA, Almirall P, Rumbaut R, Rodríguez-Morales AJ. Potential impact of macroclimatic variability on the epidemiology of Giardiasis in three provinces of Cuba, 2010-2012. J Infect Public Health 2014 Epub Ahead Jul 24; available online HERE

Special Issue of Zoonotic Disease and Travel Medicine at Travel medicine and infectious diseases. Guest Editor: Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales. Volume 12, Issue 6, Part A, Pages 555-694 (November–December 2014): HERE


Zoonoses and travel medicine: “One world – One health”
Pages 555-556
Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales, Patricia Schlagenhauf
Rabies – An important zoonotic threat for travelers
Pages 557-558
Philippe Gautret

The growing challenge of leishmaniasis in travelers
Pages 559-560
Carlos Franco-Paredes
Ebola and travel – Management of imported cases
Pages 561-562
Philippe Brouqui, Giuseppe Ippolito


Leishmaniasis in travelers: A literature review
Review Article
Pages 563-581
Pasquale Mansueto, Aurelio Seidita, Giustina Vitale, Antonio Cascio
Culinary delights and travel? A review of zoonotic cestodiases and metacestodiases
Review Article
Pages 582-591
Akira Ito, Christine M. Budke
Toxoplasmosis as a travel risk
Review Article
Pages 592-601
Juan C. Sepúlveda-Arias, Jorge E. Gómez-Marin, Branko Bobić, Carlos A. Naranjo-Galvis, Olgica Djurković-Djaković
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Prevention in travelers
Review Article
Pages 602-608
Androula Pavli, Sotirios Tsiodras, Helena C. Maltezou
An overview: Tularemia and travel medicine
Review Article
Pages 609-616
Aysegul Ulu-Kilic, Mehmet Doganay
Transfusion transmitted leishmaniasis. What to do with blood donors from endemic areas?
Review Article
Pages 617-627
Pasquale Mansueto, Aurelio Seidita, Giustina Vitale, Antonio Cascio
Rabies in Greece; historical perspectives in view of the current re-emergence in wild and domestic animals
Review Article
Pages 628-635
Sotirios Tsiodras, Laskarina-Maria Korou, Myrsini Tzani, Konstantia E. Tasioudi, Kostantinos Kalachanis, Olga Mangana-Vougiouka, George Rigakos, George Dougas, Aristarchos M. Seimenis, Vassileios Kontos
Fascioliasis: A worldwide parasitic disease of importance in travel medicine
Review Article
Pages 636-649
Keyhan Ashrafi, M. Dolores Bargues, Sandra O'Neill, Santiago Mas-Coma
Original Research Papers
Risk of imported Ebola virus disease in China
Original Research Article
Pages 650-658
Tianmu Chen, Ross Ka-Kit Leung, Ruchun Liu, Faming Chen, Xixing Zhang, Jin Zhao, Shuilian Chen
Adverse events following rabies post-exposure prophylaxis: A comparative study of two different schedules and two vaccines
Original Research Article
Pages 659-666
Tugba Sari, Necla Tulek, Cemal Bulut, Behic Oral, Gunay Tuncer Ertem
Brucellar epididymo-orchitis: A retrospective multicenter study of 28 cases and review of the literature
Original Research Article
Pages 667-672
Umit Savasci, Murat Zor, Ahmet Karakas, Emsal Aydin, Ramazan Kocaaslan, N. Cem Oren, Omer Coskun, Vedat Turhan, H. Cem Gul, A. Fuat Cicek, Emin Aydur, Can Polat Eyigun
>Epidemiological features of intestinal infection with Entamoeba histolytica in Taiwan, 2002–2010
Original Research Article
Pages 673-679
Pak-On Leung, Kou-Huang Chen, Kwo-Liang Chen, Yu-Ting Tsai, Shyun-Yeu Liu, Kow-Tong Chen
Diagnostic Challenge
Severe sandfly virus infection following domestic travel to the Negev desert
Pages 680-681
Moti Grupper, Hanna Bin, Israel Potasman

Letters to the Editor

Ebola virus disease: An emerging zoonosis with importance for travel medicine
Pages 682-683
Jaime Andrés Cardona-Ospina, Angélica Giselle-Badillo, Carlos E. Calvache-Benavides, Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
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Risk of cutaneous larva migrans and other zoonotic parasites infections due to feral cats from a touristic tropical park
Pages 684-686
Evangelina Romero-Callejas, Emilio Rendón-Franco, Claudia Villanueva-García, David Osorio-Sarabia, Claudia I. Muñoz-García
Rabies vaccination among migrant workers in Thailand
Page 687
Beuy Joob, Viroj Wiwanitkit

Ebola: A latent threat to Latin America. Are we ready?
Pages 688-689
Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales, Daniel E. Henao, Tulio B. Franco, Percy Mayta-Tristán, Patricio Alfaro-Toloza, Alberto E. Paniz-Mondolfi



Ebola and travel, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Useful web links and video clips
Pages 690-692
Jane Chiodini

Spillover – Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, David Quammen.
Page 693
Patricia Schlagenhauf
Special Issue “Emerging Topics in Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases”
Part A: Vol. 9, No. 3 - Part B: Vol. 10, No. 1

Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, Volume 9 - Number 3

Meet Our Editorial Board Member
Page 155
Richard Tong
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X0903150515174655
Editorial (Thematic Issue: Emerging Topics in Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases - Part I)
Pages 156 - 158
Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10999150506121357
Invited Editorial: MERS-CoV An Emerging Viral Zoonotic Disease: Three Years After and Counting
Pages 159 - 160
Ziad A. Memish
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150408155131
Invited Editorial: Zoonotic Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas: Trends in Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment, with Special Emphasis on Brugian Filariasis
Pages 161 - 163
Alberto E. Paniz Mondolfi and Emilia M. Sordillo
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150408161841
Brucellosis and its Particularities in Children Travelers
Pages 164 - 172
Mile Bosilkovski and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150408162624
The Present Situation of Human Taeniases and Cysticercosis in Asia
Pages 173 - 185
Akira Ito, Toni Wandra, Tiaoying Li, Paron Dekumyoy, Agathe Nkouawa, Munehiro Okamoto and Christine M. Budke
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410125711
Anti-Toxoplasma Activity of Natural Products: A Review
Pages 86 - 194
Juan C. Sepulveda-Arias, Luz A. Veloza and Luz E. Mantilla-Muriel
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410120321
Bibliometric Assessment of the Latin-American Contributions in Dengue
Pages 195 - 201
Felipe Vera-Polania, Yuliana Perilla-Gonzalez, Dayron F. Martinez-Pulgarin, Juan D. Baquero-Rodriguez, Marcela Munoz-Urbano, Mariana Lagos-Gallego, Guillermo J. Lagos-Grisales, Soraya Villegas and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410153224
Bibliometric Assessment of the Contributions of Literature on Chagas Disease in Latin America and the Caribbean
Pages 202 - 208
Nathalia Delgado-Osorio, Felipe Vera-Polania, Andres F. Lopez-Isaza, Dayron F. Martinez-Pulgarin, Jonathan Murillo-Abadia, Marcela Munoz-Urbano, Jaime A. Cardona-Ospina, Ricardo Bello, Guillermo J. Lagos-Grisales, Soraya Villegas-Rojas and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410154322
Scientific Research in Malaria: Bibliometric Assessment of the Latin-American Contributions; Pp: 209 - 215
Marcela Munoz-Urbano, Andres F. Lopez-Isaza, Natalia Hurtado-Hurtado, Daniela Gomez-Suta, Jonathan Murillo-Abadia, Nathalia Delgado-Osorio, Guillermo J. Lagos-Grisales, Soraya Villegas, Diego A. Medina-Morales and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410165038
Study of the Scientific Production on Leishmaniasis in Latin America
Pages 216 - 222
Yuliana Perilla-Gonzalez, Daniela Gomez-Suta, Nathalia Delgado-Osorio, Natalia Hurtado-Hurtado, Juan D. Baquero-Rodriguez, Andres F. Lopez-Isaza, Guillermo J. Lagos-Grisales, Soraya Villegas and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410165445
Patent Selections
Page 223
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X0903150515185255
Acknowledgements to Reviewers
Page 224
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X0903150515185510
Page 225
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X0903150515185606<
Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, Volume 10 - Number 1
Meet Our Editorial Board Member
Page 1
Michael R. Hamblin
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X1001150521150046
Page 2
Dieter Kabelitz
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X1001150521150210
Editorial (Thematic Issue: Challenges for Fish Foodborne Parasitic Zoonotic Diseases (Part II))
Page 3 - 5
Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150504120415
Invited Editorial: Chikungunya, The 2014, Emerging Infectious Diseases in The Americas
Page 6 - 7
Celia M. Alpuche Aranda and Hugo Lopez-Gatell
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150408155316
Invited Editorial: Malaria by Plasmodium knowlesi, A Zoonosis Transmitted by Vectors
Page 8 - 9
Jorge E. Machado-Alba
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150408155455<
Human Anthrax as a Re-Emerging Disease
Page 10 - 29
Mehmet Doganay and Hayati Demiraslan
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150408162354
Rabies in South Asia: Fighting for Elimination
Page 30 - 34
Fazle-Rabbi Chowdhury, Ariful Basher, Mohammad R. Amin, Nazia Hassan and Mohammad i. Patwary
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410130024
Ocular Toxocariasis: New Diagnostic and Therapeutic Perspectives
Page 35 - 41
Dayron F. Martínez-Pulgarin, Marcela Munoz-Urbano, Luz D. Gomez-Suta, Olinda M. Delgado and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410125057
Geographical and Occupational Aspects of Leptospirosis in the Coffee-Triangle Region of Colombia, 2007-2011
Page 42 - 50
Laura M. Garcia-Ramirez, Jasmin Y. Giraldo-Pulgarin, Nelly Agudelo-Marin, Yeimer A. Holguin-Rivera, Sebastian Gomez-Sierra, Paola V. Ortiz-Revelo, Nestor J. Velasquez-Bonilla, Yohama Caraballo-Arias, Alvaro Mondragon-Cardona, Carlos O. Lozada-Riascos and Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410130425
Dengue Patients Treated with Doxycycline Showed Lower Mortality Associated to a Reduction in IL-6 and TNF Levels
Page 51 - 58
Terry M. Fredeking, Jorge E. Zavala-Castro, Pedro Gonzalez-Martinez, William Moguel-Rodríguez, Ernesto C. Sanchez, Michael J. Foster and Fredi A. Diaz-Quijano
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150410153839
Leptospirosis in an Urban Setting: Cases Diagnosed at a Private Medical Center of Western Colombia, 2008-2012
Page 59 - 63
María M. Ramirez-Ramirez, Olga M. Leon-Castaneda and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150414124825
Letter to Editor: From Imported to an Endemic Disease: Impact of Chikungunya Virus Disease in the Hospital Epidemiology, Tolima, Colombia, 2014-2015
Page 64 - 66
Carlos E. Jimenez-Canizales, David A. Medina-Gaitan, Álvaro E. Mondragon-Cardona and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X10666150414125124
Patent Selections
Page 67
DOI: 10.2174/1574891X1001150521154918


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