The United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis: Its importance for Zoonotic and Bovine Tuberculosis

May 2019
In September 2018, the United Nations General Assembly convened a High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis, currently the infectious disease that is the biggest killer worldwide. Heads of state and government endorsed a political declaration that will serve as a global framework for action on tuberculosis, including bovine and zoonotic forms caused by Mycobacterium bovis. This declaration will form the basis for action to end tuberculosis by 2030.

Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health

January 2019
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka has been appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.

Roadmap for Zoonotic Tuberculosis: A ‘One Health’ Initiative to Combat Zoonotic Tuberculosis

January 2019
Zoonotic tuberculosis is a form of tuberculosis in humans that is caused by Mycobacterium bovis, a member of a group of related bacteria known as the M. tuberculosis complex. Since animals are the reservoir of zoonotic tuberculosis, reducing the incidence of this form of tuberculosis in animals and humans requires us to manage the risk at its animal source.


Roadmap for Zoonotic Tuberculosis

October 2017
This multisectoral roadmap details ten priorities for addressing zoonotic tuberculosis in people and bovine tuberculosis in animals.

Call for Action Against Zoonotic TB

January 2017
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is recognised as the primary cause of human tuberculosis worldwide. However, substantial evidence suggests that the burden of Mycobacterium bovis, the cause of bovine tuberculosis, might be underestimated in human beings as the cause of zoonotic tuberculosis.  


CNN Coverage on Zoonotic TB

October 2016
An occupational hazard? Vet contracts TB from a wildebeest.

BBC Interview with Dr. Olea Popelka on Zoonotic TB

October 2016
Animal tuberculosis, which is spread through contaminated food, is a greater threat to human health than previously realised, leading doctors and vets have warned.

WHO and The Union Organize Landmark Consultation to Galvanize Action Against Zoonotic TB

April 2016
Recognizing the public health significance of M. bovis infection in people and livestock, the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with The Union convened a consultation on zoonotic tuberculosis (TB) in Geneva, from 14-15 April.