LBIK10151 Parasitic Zoonoses

Responsible DepartmentDepartment of Veterinary Disease Biology   90 %
Department of Agriculture and Ecology   10 %

Earliest Possible YearMSc. 1 year
DurationOne block
Credits7.5 (ECTS)
Level of CourseMSc
ExaminationFinal Examination

written examination and oral examination

All aids allowed

Description of Examination: Groups of students select a subject on which they prepare a 5-page report where the author of the individual section(s) is clearly stated. The report will be assessed and accounts for 33% of the final individual score. Individual oral examination in the selected topic and from the text book accounts 67% of the final score.

Weight: Report 33% Oral examination 67%

7-point scale, internal examiner
Block PlacementBlock 2
Week Structure: C
Language of InstructionEnglish
Course Content
Parasitic zoonoses include parasitic infections whose life cycle involves vertebrate hosts and humans. Humans may become infected incidentally or as a necessary part of the natural life cycle. Through lectures, group works, demonstrations and practicals the students are introduced to the concept of parasitic zoonotic infections and how their transmission has changed over the past decades and the discovery of new organisms transmitted from animals to humans. Although, most students know that bacterial and viral infections can be transmitted from animals, parasitic zoonoses attract only minor attention. The course will focus on epidemiology, socio-economical importance prevention and control in both humans and animals. Aspects of diagnosis will also be addressed and introduced in practicals. The students will analyse a range of factors influencing the transmission of parasites and how the conditions for their transmission have changed with e.g. increasing populations of humans and urban wildlife, human behavioural changes and production of free-ranging animals.
The course will not only focus on the major impact of parasitic zoonoses in the developing world, but also on the increasing awareness in western societies (with new borders of the EU, increased travel activity, immigrants etc). The relationship between economy and health, control, and legislation under various socio-economic settings is discussed.
Two visits to institutions working with zoonotic parasites are included
Teaching and learning Methods
The course will include lectures, group work with presentations and practical exercises on different zoonotic parasites (food and water-borne, vector-borne and surface contaminating). The course includes excursions to institutions working on relevant issues within the area. Through the selected group work the students will be able to get an in-depth knowledge on one subject. The practical exercises aim at providing the students with practical experience with selected parasites.
Learning Outcome
To introduce student to the concept of parasitic zoonoses, epidemiology, including transmission patterns and relative risks, diagnosis, pathological consequences, as well as prevention and control. Focus will be on livestock production, human health and socio-economical importance.
Describe the most important groups of zoonotic parasites and the general structure of their transmission, epidemiology and control.
Define principles of disease impact estimation of zoonotic parasites on animals and man.
Define geographical variable impact of diseases caused by zoonotic parasites, and the identification of risk factors.
Be capable of evaluating studies on zoonotic parasitic diseases from different regions of the world.
Reflect about how malnourishment is a major factor involved in zoonotic parasitism.
Describe the basic principles of disease prevention of veterinary and human parasitic diseases.
Understand the multi-factorial aspects of zoonoses control including cost, cultural, religious and dietary habits.

Perform overall analysis of transmission and risk factors of certain parasitic zoonoses.
Analyse cost-benefit relations in disease control in less favoured regions of the world.
Integrate knowledge on transmission and risk factors in writing as well as when presenting orally.

Search for relevant literature, perform scientific writing, perform oral presentations of reports and research results, collaborate with fellow students in group work on topics related to parasitic zoonoses.
Course Literature
Foundations of Parasitology, L.S. Roberts and J. Janovy Jr., 7th edition.
Handouts will extensively supplement the textbook.
Other relevant books:
Shakespeare M. Zoonoses. 2002. Zoonoses. Pharmaceutical Press, UK.
Miyazaki I. 1991. Helminthic Zoonoses. International Medical Foundation of Japan.
Course Coordinator
Maria Vang Johansen,, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology/Parasitology, Health and Development, Phone: 353-31438
Stig Milan Thamsborg,, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology/Parasitology, Health and Development, Phone: 353-33778
Jesper Monrad,, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology/PSU - Parasitology, Health and Development, Phone: 353-32761
Annette Olsen,, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology/PSU - Parasitology, Health and Development, Phone: 353-31403
Christian Moliin Outzen Kapel,, Department of Agriculture and Ecology/Section of Zoology, Phone: 353-32690
Study Board
Study Committee V
Work Load
theoretical exercises14
project work112