FAO helps countries prevent and control Rift Valley Fever

FAO helps countries prevent and control Rift Valley Fever
Nov 2015

Rift Valley fevere (RVF) is a zoonotic, viral, vector-borne disease representing a threat to human health, animal health and livestock production in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Near East and potentially Europe and the rest of the world. The impact of the disease on people’s livelihoods (socio-economic) and on trade (restrictions) can be high. Climatic factors are important drivers of RVF viral activity as they drive vector abundance and population dynamics, thus influencing the risk of disease emergence, transmission and spread. A climate-affecting phenomenon such as El Niño can have high impact on RVF.