Community for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases

Surveillance of changing risks to protect Canadians

The Community for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (CEZD) is a virtual multidisciplinary network that includes partners from provincial, federal and municipal governments, industry, and academia in areas of public, animal and environmental health.

CEZD was developed to support Canada’s animal early warning, preparedness and response capabilities needs regarding emerging and zoonotic diseases. Through the gathering of information, analysis and the generation and distribution of timely intelligence reports, Canada is now better able to anticipate, manage, and mitigate pending disease threats on its society, economy, environment, and animal resources.


 Community partners


Link to Intelligence Reports


NCCID is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, each focusing on a different area of public health. Our host organization is the University of Manitoba.



  • GLEWS - FAO-OIE-WHO Global Early Warning System for health threats and emerging risks at the human-animal-ecosystems interface.
  • HealthMap - monitors, organizes, integrates, filters, visualizes and disseminates online information about emerging diseases, facilitating early detection of global public health threats

INKY Seminar Series - Research Bites Video Recordings

Racing Time: Uncovering Clues to Understanding SARS-CoV-2 Dr Arinjay Banerjee

Assessing knowledge, attitudes and practices of Canadian veterinarians in regard to canine Lyme disease Grace Nichol

The Asian Longhorned Tick - Why should we care? Robbin Lindsay

Instability of food security in the North: The truths and risks of endemic zoonoses Jasmine Dhillon

COVID19 Information sources

Animal Health Information Sources

Government of Canada

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

US Center for Disease Control - COVID in Animals

World Organization of Animal Health

Infosheet: Coronaviruses at the Human-Animal Interface

ANSES Risks associated with animals and food

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID19 and Animals 2020 06 19

Companion Animal Information

World Small Animal Veterinary Association - Companion Animal Advice

Worms and Germs Blog

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine - Shelter Medicine


References on Experimental Studies of COVID-19 in Animals

Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and different domestic animals to SARS-coronavirus-2 Pre-Print 2020 03 30

Infection and rapid transmission of SARS-CoV2 in ferrets Cell Host and Microbe 2020 03 23 

SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted via contact and via the air between ferrets Pre-Print 2020 04 07

SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing serum antibodies in cats: a serological investigation Pre-Print 2020 04 03

Simulation of the clinical and pathological manifestations of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in golden Syrian hamster model: implications for disease pathogenesis and transmissibility Clin Infect Dis. 2020


References related to suspected animal sources of SARS-COV2

Genomic characterisation and epidemiology of 2019 novel coronavirus: implications for virus origins and receptor bindingThe Lancet

Discovery of a novel coronavirus associated with the recent pneumonia outbreak in humans and its potential bat origin BioRXIV PREPRINT

Receptor recognition by novel coronavirus from Wuhan: An analysis based on decade-long structural studies of SARS Journal of Virology

Identification of 2019-nCoV related coronaviruses in Malayan pangolins in southern China BioRXIV PREPRINT

Transdisciplinary Living Document 


The living paper on the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) provides a structured compilation of scientific data about the virus, the disease and its control. Its objective is to help scientists identify the most relevant publications on COVID-19 in the mass of information that appears every day. It is also expected to foster a global understanding of disease control and stimulate transdisciplinary initiatives.

This living paper is updated on a weekly basis.


Current Human Cases

John's Hopkins Dashboard of Current Cases


ESRI - Storymap of the COVID19 outbreak

Genomic Analysis of nCoV Spread. Situation Report 2020-01-30  NextStrain Narrative


Public Health Information Sources

Government of Canada

US Centre for Disease Control

World Health Organization Situation Reports

National Health Committee of the People's Republic of China (use Google Chrome for machine translation)

Dingxiangyuan (use Google Chrome for machine translation)

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control


Canadian Provincial and Territorial Public Health Information

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

Alberta Public Health

Saskatchewan Public Health

Manitoba Public Health

Public Health Ontario

Quebec Public Health

New Brunswick Public Health

Nova Scotia Public Health

Prince Edward Island Public Health

Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health

Yukon Public Health

Nunavut Public Health

Northwest Territories Public Health