78823 - Infectious Diseases of Animals

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  • Teacher Fabio Ostanello

  • Credits 3

  • SSD VET/05

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Health Professions of Prevention Sciences (cod. 8878)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Dec 01, 2021 to Jan 28, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Zero hunger Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student knows the infectious agents and parasites causing diseases which can affect food producing animals and impacting public health, livestock production

Course contents

Introduction: dynamics of infection in human and animal populations mode of transmission and maintenance in the nature of the infection. Determinants of infection. Prevalence and and incidence of infections mortality and lethality. Quantitative methods for the development of epidemiological theories, data collection (sampling) and interpretation of data. Selection criteria for diagnostic tests. Evaluation of diagnostic tests: sensitivity, specificity and predictive values. Epidemiological surveillance: collection, analysis and dissemination of information. Descriptive and analytical epidemiological studies: cross-sectional studies, retrospective and prospective. Risk Analysis: odds ratio, relative risk, attributable risk, etiological fraction. Analysis and risk management role of international organizations (EFSA, FAO, WHO). Viral zoonoses: consequent to the direct contact with animals, vector-borne and food-borne viral diseases Bacterial zoonoses: consequent to the direct contact with animals, vector-borne and food-borne. Parasitic zoonoses, consequent to the direct contact with animals, vector-borne and food-borne.


Recommended texts

  • Thrusfield M. Veterinary Epidemiology, Oxford, United Kingdom, Blackwell Science Ltd, 2007
  • Bottarelli E., Ostanello F. Epidemiologia: teoria ed esempi di medicina veterinaria. Edagricole, Milano, 2011 ISBN-978-88-506-5347-8

Other materials

  • Materiale didattico online
    • http://www.quadernodiepidemiologa.it [http://http//www.quadernodiepidemiologa.it]
  • https://virtuale.unibo.it/course/view.php?id=19786

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

Written examination

Teaching tools

Power point presentations

Office hours

See the website of Fabio Ostanello