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The Canary Database
Center for One Health Research
University of Washington

Linkage to human health

For each study, the curators consider whether the paper presents evidence supporting linkages to human health:

  • Did the study present data supporting an association between exposure and outcome in the sentinel species?
  • Did the study address comparative susceptibilities to hazards between species, including between animals and man?
  • Is there evidence of a shared exposure pathway between animals and humans for the exposure (i.e. were humans also at risk from the same exposure)?
  • Did the study present data linking animal and human health outcomes?

These considerations are reflected in the following diagram.

relevance diagram

Curators also note whether papers present genomic data that would also help build a linkage between the animal health event and human disease risk.

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