Human and animal health: strengthening the link: Summary of webchatBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7529.1408-a (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1408
- Birte Twisselmann, assistant editor (web)
Discussions at the webchat on the theme issue on animal and human health fell into two broad categories: zoonoses and animal based research.1
A big question was how to manage zoonotic problems operationally. Other concerns include travel, tourism and its impact on holiday destinations, exotic animals (including insects) in crowded aeroplanes, and the intertwined health of wild and domestic animals.
Collaborations to deal with the challenge of zoonoses are perceived to happen but are too reliant on informal professional contacts and personal knowledge. Cambridge vet …