ERAIZDA: A Model for Holistic Annotation of Animal Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases
Buza, T., Jack, S., Halid, K., Khaitsa, M. L., Lawrence, M. L., Pruett, S., & Peterson, D. G. (2015). ERAIZDA: A Model for Holistic Annotation of Animal Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases. Database - The Journal of Biological Databases and Biocuration. Oxford University Press. 2015, 10. DOI:10.1093/database/bav110.
There is an urgent need for a unified resource that integrates trans-disciplinary annotations of emerging and reemerging animal infectious and zoonotic diseases. Such data integration will provide wonderful opportunity for epidemiologists, researchers and health policy makers to make data-driven decisions designed to improve animal health. Integrating emerging and reemerging animal infectious and zoonotic disease data from a large variety of sources into a unified open-access resource provides more plausible arguments to achieve better understanding of infectious and zoonotic diseases. We have developed a model for interlinking annotations of these diseases. These diseases are of particular interest because of the threats they pose to animal health, human health and global health security. We demonstrated the application of this model using brucellosis, an infectious and zoonotic disease. Preliminary annotations were deposited into VetBioBase database (http://vetbiobase.igbb.msstate.edu). This database is associated with user-friendly tools to facilitate searching, retrieving and downloading of disease-related information.