Joint FAO-OIE-WHO publication makes ISIRV top ten in 2010
26 November 2010 - Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses is the official journal of the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases (ISIRV). Its Editor-in-Chief, Alan W. Hampson, chose an article, in which FAO is a contributor, to their top ten published articles in 2010.
The title of the article is: “FAO-OIE-WHO Joint Technical Consultation on Avian Influenza at the Human-Animal Interface”. It was written by Tara Anderson, Ilaria Capua, Gwenaelle Dauphin, Ruben Donis, Ron Fouchier, Elizabeth Mumford, Malik Peiris, David Swayne, and Alex Thiermann, all members of a Joint Technical Consultation Writing Committee.
This article is a result of a technical consultation held in Verona, Italy on 7-9 October 2008, aimed to (a) identify critical virological characteristics for the emergence of zoonotic and pandemic viruses, (b) evaluate external factors affecting the evolution and emergence of a pandemic strain, and identify monitoring mechanisms for pandemic strain emergence, (c) identify likely modes of transmission and exposure sources for zoonotic infection with avian influenza viruses, (d) maximize outcome of ongoing research and preparedness efforts, and identify gaps in knowledge, and (e) identify next steps for further integrated data collection, analysis and research.
The journal article offers general conclusions that are very much applicable now as in the future; these are grouped into:
Having been chosen to a list of top ten published articles by an International Society is not only an honor for FAO but also critically relevant to the organization given its deep involvement with a new approach that has been devised to address the multiple factors influencing the emergence of infectious diseases: the ‘One Health’ approach.
This approach can be best defined as a collaborative, international, cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary mechanism to address threats and reduce risks of detrimental infectious diseases at the animal-human-ecosystem interface. It strategically builds on the lessons learned from, and achievements of, the responses to H5N1 Avian Influenza and H1N1 Influenza epizootics. This approach is acknowledged a feasible and viable model to address the multidimensional challenges that are rapidly evolving in a changing world.
As we move forward into the second decade of this young millennium, it is clear that disease emergence can no longer be seen in isolation but must now be viewed alongside a continuum of climatic changes, natural resource management, agricultural intensification, land utilization patterns, trade globalization, and shifting farming, food distribution and marketing systems. The ‘One Health’ approach, at its core, aims to restore social and ecological resilience in global health security.
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