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June 13, 2011
Viet Nam: Engaging farmers and other private-sector stakeholders in H5N1 risk reduction efforts is key. ©FAO/Hoang Dinh Nam

FAO and Max Planck Institute take on species-swapping diseases

Focus on interactions between wild animals, livestock, and human populations to reduce risks, strengthen responses
FAO and the German Max Planck Institute are joining forces to study species-swapping diseases that move back and forth between wild animals and domestic livestock and, in some cases, jump to human victims. In today's interconnected world, population growth, modern transportation and increased global trade in animals and animal products have vastly accelerated the spread of zoonoses - species jumping diseases - capable of wreaking major impacts on farmers' livelihoods and human health alike. A/H1N1 swine flu and the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza are but two recent examples. [...]


Role, impact and welfare of working animals
13 June 2011
An Expert meeting on the "Role, impact and welfare of working animals" organized by FAO and the Brooke is starting today at FAO Headquarter. The event is part of a series of initiatives to highlight the role and impact of working animals in livelihoods and to identify necessary actions to raise their profile in agricultural and rural development programmes, as well as to improve their welfare.
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Rabies in China: A looming threat to national public health
Rabies is a preventable viral disease that infects domestic and wild animals and is transmissible to humans. Although numerous wildlife species can be natural reservoirs of rabies virus, the single most important animal reservoir of rabies is the domestic dog. The continent with the greatest number of rabies deaths is Asia. And worldwide, China has reported the second highest rates of illness and death from human rabies. [...]




Joachim Otte Benefits of rinderpest eradication?





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