Infectious diseases

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Nowadays, there is an increase in infectious diseases which include bacterial, parasitic and viral illnesses, that bring into being a significant concern in canine health, usually due to the high contagion and incidence that these conditions present.
The wide spectrum of pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and an increasing amount of parasites, can lead to a complex variety of symptoms. Here are presented the most relevant pathogens, each one in its category that affect animal health.

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Bacterial diseases

Artemisinin and its derivatives contribute by fighting back bacterial diseases like mastitis, prostatitis and Lyme disease. It has also been reported that artemisinin plays an important role in the control of antibiotic resistance propagation, which will be a big step in this worldwide threat.


Parasitic diseases

Moreover, artemisinin and its derivatives have been tested to avert the proliferation and growth of intracellular parasitic protozoan, such as the one that results in poultry coccidiosis and toxoplasmosis in many warm-blooded animals.

Parasitic pathogens can show up in many forms, encompassing fungal diseases and protozoan diseases for instance. These very illnesses are the ones that cause more harm to animals.


Viral diseases

In recent studies, it has been seen that artemisinin and its derivatives can act as antiviral agents, affecting the final stages of the virus replication, and enabling the prevention and treatment of the infection. For instance, artemisinin has been tested as an inhibitor for rabies virus replication, as well as in influenza A viral pneumonia virus.