Plague, salmonellosis, rabies, SARS, Lyme disease, Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, and avian flu are only a few of a host of pathogens that can readily transfer from animals to humans – and vice versa. In the US, their bite transmits Yersinia pestis from plague-infested meerkats to domestic cats that in turn pass the bacterium on to their human owners. A rabid dog infects its owner via its saliva; a tick that feeds on the blood of borrelia-infected wildlife can transmit the bacterium to humans through its bite; influenza-infected migratory birds infect poultry, which in turn pass the virus on to the poultry keeper.
Cooperations with numerous institutes, research groups and industry shapes science at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. With these networks and partners we guarantee best science and technology transfer.