Mark Woolhouse


Affiliation: University of Edinburgh
Country: UK


  1. Gates M, Humphry R, Gunn G, Woolhouse M. Not all cows are epidemiologically equal: quantifying the risks of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) transmission through cattle movements. Vet Res. 2014;45:110 pubmed publisher
    ..Overall, these findings have important implications for developing simulation models that more accurately reflect the industry-level transmission dynamics of infectious cattle diseases. ..
  2. van Bunnik B, Ciccolini M, Gibbons C, Edwards G, Fitzgerald R, McAdam P, et al. Efficient national surveillance for health-care-associated infections. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:832 pubmed publisher
    ..Similar studies could be used elsewhere to inform the design and implementation of efficient national, hospital-based surveillance systems that achieve rapid detection of novel HCAIs for minimal effort. ..
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    Woolhouse M, Etard J, Dietz K, Ndhlovu P, Chandiwana S. Heterogeneities in schistosome transmission dynamics and control. Parasitology. 1998;117 ( Pt 5):475-82 pubmed
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    Woolhouse M, Hagan P. Seeking the ghost of worms past. Nat Med. 1999;5:1225-7 pubmed
    ..Here, Woolhouse and Hagan discuss new evidence suggesting that the extremely slow development of acquired immunity to human schistosomes may depend on exposure to antigens from these worms after they die. ..
  5. Van Nguyen D, Van Nguyen C, Bonsall D, Ngo T, Carrique Mas J, Pham A, et al. Detection and Characterization of Homologues of Human Hepatitis Viruses and Pegiviruses in Rodents and Bats in Vietnam. Viruses. 2018;10: pubmed publisher
    ..Of the viruses identified, their routes of transmission and potential to establish zoonoses remain to be determined. ..
  6. Woolhouse M, Ward M, van Bunnik B, Farrar J. Antimicrobial resistance in humans, livestock and the wider environment. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2015;370:20140083 pubmed publisher
    ..Viewed in this way, AMR is somewhat analogous to climate change, and that suggests that an intergovernmental panel, akin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, could be an appropriate vehicle to actively address the problem. ..
  7. Woolhouse M, Rambaut A, Kellam P. Lessons from Ebola: Improving infectious disease surveillance to inform outbreak management. Sci Transl Med. 2015;7:307rv5 pubmed publisher
  8. Murray G, Woolhouse M, Tapio M, Mbole Kariuki M, Sonstegard T, Thumbi S, et al. Genetic susceptibility to infectious disease in East African Shorthorn Zebu: a genome-wide analysis of the effect of heterozygosity and exotic introgression. BMC Evol Biol. 2013;13:246 pubmed publisher
    ..These results indicate that the significant burden of infectious disease in this population could, in principle, be reduced by altered breeding practices. ..
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    Woolhouse M, Hargrove J. On the interpretation of age-prevalence curves for trypanosome infections of tsetse flies. Parasitology. 1998;116 ( Pt 2):149-56 pubmed
    ..Models with these features can explain up to 97% of observed variance. Parameter estimates from published experimental data suggest that all may contribute in practice but that (i) and/or (ii) are likely to be the most important. ..

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    Woolhouse M, Gaunt E. Ecological origins of novel human pathogens. Crit Rev Microbiol. 2007;33:231-42 pubmed
    ..quot; We also consider the public health implications of the continuing emergence of new pathogens, focusing on the importance of international surveillance. ..
  2. Woolhouse M, Howey R, Gaunt E, Reilly L, Chase Topping M, Savill N. Temporal trends in the discovery of human viruses. Proc Biol Sci. 2008;275:2111-5 pubmed publisher
    ..More systematic virus discovery programmes, covering both humans and potential animal reservoirs of human viruses, should be considered. ..
  3. Bessell P, Shaw D, Savill N, Woolhouse M. Estimating risk factors for farm-level transmission of disease: foot and mouth disease during the 2001 epidemic in Great Britain. Epidemics. 2010;2:109-115 pubmed publisher
    ..Such information could be used to help prioritise the response to an epidemic...
  4. Woolhouse M, Scott F, Hudson Z, Howey R, Chase Topping M. Human viruses: discovery and emergence. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2012;367:2864-71 pubmed publisher
    ..It seems almost inevitable that new human viruses will continue to emerge, mainly from other mammals and birds, for the foreseeable future. For this reason, an effective global surveillance system for novel viruses is needed. ..