WormsAndGermsMap is an interactive, real-time disease mapping system designed to track selected infectious diseases of companion animals (including horses). It is a companion to the educational site WormsAndGermsBlog. Both were developed by Dr. Scott Weese of the University of Guelph and Dr. Maureen Anderson from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
This disease mapping site was developed because we perceived a need for real time tracking of companion animal infectious diseases and a need to foster more knowledge about infectious diseases amongst vets, animal owners and people in human medicine and public health. It may also help track emerging diseases, diseases that have a changing range and allow for more rapid identification of outbreaks.
J Scott Weese DVM DVSc DipACVIM
Dr. Weese is a veterinary internist and a Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College. He is Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre and holds a Canada Research Chair in Zoonotic Diseases. His clinical and research interests focus on infectious diseases in animals and humans. He lives outside of Guelph, Ontario, with a menagerie of animals (including his wife Heather, and three daughters, Beth, Amy and Erin).
Maureen Anderson DVM DVSc PhD DipACVIM
Maureen Anderson is a veterinary internist whose work in the infection control field spans her (somewhat lengthy) graduate career. Following completion of a large animal medicine residency, as a post-doctoral fellow in 2008 she helped set up the Worms & Germs Blog and its many resource sheets. She completed her PhD in 2013, which focused on infectious disease control practices in companion animal veterinary clinics, particularly hand hygiene. She now works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) as Lead Veterinarian, Animal Health and Welfare, focusing on issues bridging animal health and public health. She lives in Guelph with her partner Michael and her two cats, Bonnie and Clyde.