Database of host-pathogen and related species interactions, and their global distribution

Maya Wardeh, Claire Risley, Marie Kirsty McIntyre, Christian Setzkorn, Matthew Baylis

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Interactions between species, particularly where one is likely to be a pathogen of the other, as well as the geographical distribution of species, have been systematically extracted from various web-based, free-access sources, and assembled with the accompanying evidence into a single database. The database attempts to answer questions such as what are all the pathogens of a host, and what are all the hosts of a pathogen, what are all the countries where a pathogen was found, and what are all the pathogens found in a country. Two datasets were extracted from the database, focussing on species interactions and species distribution, based on evidence published between 1950-2012. The quality of their evidence was checked and verified against well-known, alternative, datasets of pathogens infecting humans, domestic animals and wild mammals. The presented datasets provide a valuable resource for researchers of infectious diseases of humans and animals, including zoonoses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number150049
Number of pages11
JournalScientific Data
Issue numberN/A
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2015


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