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Deepak Subedi1,2 , Saurav Pantha1,3, Deepak Chandran4, Madan Bhandari1, Krishna Prasad Acharya5 and Kuldeep Dhama6
1Paklihawa Campus, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University (TU), Siddarthanagar, 32900, Nepal.
2Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602, USA.
3Faculty of Animal Science Veterinary Science and Fisheries, Agriculture and Forestry University, Bharatpur, 44200, Nepal.
4Department of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Amrita School of Agricultural Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
5Department of Livestock Services (DLS), Animal Quarantine Office (AQO), Kathmandu, 44600, Nepal.
6Division of Pathology, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Article Number: 8204 | © The Author(s). 2022
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2022;16(4):2246-2258.
Received: 17 October 2022 | Accepted: 07 November 2022 | Published online: 14 November 2022
Issue online: December 2022

The 2022 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup will take place in Qatar and will be a one-of-a-kind mega-crowd gathering. This is the first time in history that people from all over the world would gather in such a concentrated place. There is a higher chance of spreading zoonotic illnesses from one community to another among those who travel internationally, therefore tourists should be aware of the dangers they may face and take precautions. The public health system of the country hosting the event must be equipped to avoid the spread of zoonotic diseases considering the current global climate. The potential for an increase in cases of COVID-19 and monkeypox is notably heightened by this event. Possible exotic diseases such as the Marburg virus disease could also be spread. Due to Qatar’s inexperience in hosting such major events, it is crucial to invest heavily in training for the early identification of infectious illnesses and the prevention of their spread among event attendees. Visitors to Qatar 2022 should acquire the most up-to-date information available and be aware of the usual precautions that should be followed. Your immunization record must be up to date. Hospitals and other medical facilities in Qatar would be wise to increase their readiness for mass casualty occurrences given that this small location is hosting such an event for the first time. To better meet the health needs of its population, the government of Qatar should promote health advice materials in different languages and keep an adequate supply on hand. The potential for the emergence of zoonotic diseases is briefly reviewed here considering the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022.


FIFA World Cup, Qatar, Zoonotic Diseases, COVID-19, Monkeypox, Marburg

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