World Livestock report elaborates on today’s Changing Disease Landscapes
16 December 2013, Rome - Seventy-percent of new diseases that have emerged in humans over recent decades are of animal origin and, in part, directly related to the human quest for more animal-sourced food. This is according to new report released by FAO called, World Livestock 2013: Changing Disease Landscapes. In turn, these outbreaks have significant impacts on humans both directly and indirectly. According to the report, livestock health as the weakest link in our global health chain, which raises a number of questions: Why is this happening and what approaches need to be taken to control these emerging diseases?
Juan Lubroth is the Chief Veterinary Officer at FAO. In the following interview he elaborates on the range of diseases referred to in the report, and what actions are needed to control such diseases.
Realizador: Sandra Ferrari