National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

Information System

Of an initial list appended with more recently recognised zoonotic pathogens, 86 pathogens remained on our list, which were identified as most relevant for the Dutch situation (Van der Giessen et al., 2004, Van der Giessen et al, 2010). Basic information (taxonomy, animal reservoir, transmission routes, global distribution e.d.) of each of the 86 emerging zoonotic pathogens is assembled in the information system of EZIPs. When new zoonotic pathogens are identified in future, these can easily be added to this dynamic database.

Literature and data sources


  • Giessen JWB Van der, Isken LD, Tiemersma EW.Zoonoses in Europe: a risk to public health. RIVM report 330200002/2004. 2004.
  • Van der Giessen JWB, Van de Giessen AW, Braks, MAH.Emerging zoonoses: Early warning and surveillance in the Netherlands. RIVM report 330214002/2010 RIVM, 2010.
EZIPs, versie 1.0, 17 May 2010
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