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

Environmental Sampling and Next-generation Sequencing as a Novel Approach for the Detection and Characterization of Influenza A virus (IAV) in Swine Natalie Bell

Modelling and Mitigating at the Wild Pig-Livestock Interface in Canada Dr Ryan Brook 

Recovering Influenza Virus Genomes from Wild Bird Habitats for Better Avian Flu Surveillance Kevin Kuchinski 

Know Thy Enemy: Tips for Identifying the most Common Tick Species in Canada Dr Robbin Lindsay

The Role of Raccoons in the Epidemiology of Campylobacter and other Zoonotic Pathogens Dr Nadine Vogt

Detection of Zoonotic Pathogens Carried by Urban Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) in Ontario Canada Dr Sarah Robinson


COVID19 Information sources

Animal Health Information Sources

Government of Canada

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

Canadian Council of Chief Veterinary Officers Position Statement on Testing Animals for SARS-CoV2 

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

Guidance for Veterinarians

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

Wildlife Resources COVID19 resources for wildlife professionals

OIE Guidelines for working with Free Ranging Mammals during the COVID19 pandemic


References on Experimental Studies of COVID-19 in Animals


Experimental infection of cattle with SARS-CoV-2. Pre Print 2020 08 25

Poultry and Swine

Susceptibility of swine cells and domestic pigs to SARS-CoV-2. Pre Print 2020 08 15

Lack of susceptibility of poultry to SARS-CoV-2 and MERS-CoV. Pre Print 2020 06 16

Experimental transmission studies of SARS-CoV-2 in fruit bats, ferrets, pigs and chickens. Lancet 2020 07 07

Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals to SARS-coronavirus 2. Science 2020 04 08

Cats and Dogs

Pathogenesis, transmission and response to re-exposure of SARS-CoV-2 in domestic cats. Pre Print 2020 05 28

SARS-CoV-2 infection, disease and transmission in domestic cats. Pre Print 2020 08 04

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in domestic cats. N Engl J Med 2020 05 13


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

Deer Mice

North American deer mice are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2. Pre-Print 2020 07 06

The pathogenicity of SARS-CoV-2 in hACE2 transgenic mice. Nature 2020 05 07

SARS-CoV-2 infection, neuropathogenesis and transmission among deer mice: Implications for reverse zoonosis to New World rodents. Pre-print 2020 08 20


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 03 26

Age-dependent progression of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Syrian hamsters. Viruses 2020 06 29

Pathogenesis and transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in golden hamsters. Nature 2020 05 14

Tree Shrew

Susceptibility of tree shrew to SARS-CoV-2 infection. bioRxiv Pre-print 2020 04 30

COVID-19-like symptoms observed in the Chinese tree shrews infected with SARS-CoV-2. Zool Res 2020 07 23



OIE Reports of animal infection with SARS-CoV-2 (reports include cases in cat, dog, mink, tiger, lion)

Evidence of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in cats and dogs from households in Italy. Pre Print 2020 07 23

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in pets living with COVID-19 owners diagnosed during the COVID-19 lockdown in Spain: A case of an asymptomatic cat with SARS-CoV-2 in Europe. Pre Print 2020 05 14

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


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