Human and animal health agencies must cooperate to prevent spread of infections

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 21 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a927
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Agencies that deal with human and animal health worldwide need to cooperate more, says a new parliamentary report, which warns that three quarters of newly emerging infections in humans come from animals.

    It also wants the UK government to press for better surveillance of threats around the world that involve animal diseases, with a reporting system similar to that for monitoring diseases in humans.

    The report says that with a new and potentially deadly infectious disease emerging somewhere in the world every year, more investment in international surveillance is vital if pandemics are to be avoided.

    The report, from the House …

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