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Emelyanova, A., Savolainen, A., Oksanen, A., Nieminen, P., Loginova, O., Abass, K., & Rautio, A. (2022). Research on selected wildlife infections in the circumpolar arctic—A bibliometric review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(18), 11260.

Research on selected wildlife infections in the circumpolar arctic : a bibliometric review

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Author: Emelyanova, Anastasia1,2; Savolainen, Audrey2,3; Oksanen, Antti3;
Organizations: 1Thule Institute, University of Oulu & University of the Arctic, P.O. Box 7300, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
2Arctic Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 5000, FI-90590 Oulu, Finland
3Finnish Food Authority (FINPAR), Elektroniikkatie 3, FI-90590 Oulu, Finland
4Medical Informatics and Data Analysis Research Group, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 5000, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
5Laboratory of Parasite Systematics and Evolution, Center for Parasitology, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii Prospect 33, 119071 Moscow, Russia
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Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-02-15


One Health, a multidisciplinary approach to public health, which integrates human, animal, and environmental studies, is prudent for circumpolar Arctic health research. The objective of our bibliometric review was to identify and compare research in select infectious diseases in Arctic wildlife species with importance to human health indexed in English language databases (PubMed, Scopus) and the Russian database Included articles (in English and Russian languages) needed to meet the following criteria: (1) data comes from the Arctic, (2) articles report original research or surveillance reports, (3) articles were published between 1990 and 2018, and (4) research relates to naturally occurring infections. Of the included articles (total n = 352), most were from Russia (n = 131, 37%), Norway (n = 58, 16%), Canada (n = 39, 11%), and Alaska (n = 39, 11%). Frequently reported infectious agents among selected mammals were Trichinella spp. (n = 39), Brucella spp. (n = 25), rabies virus (n = 11), Echinococcus spp. (n = 10), and Francisella tularensis (n = 9). There were 25 articles on anthrax in, while there were none in the other two databases. We identified future directions where opportunities for further research, collaboration, systematic reviews, or monitoring programs are possible and needed.

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Series: International journal of environmental research and public health
ISSN: 1661-7827
ISSN-E: 1660-4601
ISSN-L: 1661-7827
Volume: 19
Issue: 18
Article number: 11260
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph191811260
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Funding: This work was supported by the Nunataryuk project. The project received funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 773421—A.E., K.A., A.R., (accessed on 1 September 2022); and by One Arctic—One Health: Animal and human health in the changing climate project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (Grant Agreement No. HEL7M0674–65)—K.A., A.S., A.O., A.R., (accessed on 1 September 2022). Additional funding was provided by the Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto)—A.S., (accessed on 1 September 2022).
EU Grant Number: (773421) Nunataryuk - Permafrost thaw and the changing arctic coast: science for socio-economic adaptation
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