Second FAO-OIE-WHO Joint Scientific Consultation Published
18 October 2011 - The outcomes of the second Joint Scientific Consultation among the FAO, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been published. The document underlines the growing consensus that the scientific community must move beyond avian influenza to reduce disease risks, especially those emerging from animals with potential implications for human health, food security and livelihoods.
“For the first consultation, the focus was on avian influenza, but, for the second consultation, there was a wider realization that we needed broader thinking on other influenza subtypes and emerging zoonoses – animal diseases that can be passed to humans – in general,” said Katinka de Balogh, Senior Officer at the Animal Health Service of FAO.
FAO has been moving progressively toward adopting a “One Health” approach to combat animal diseases. Essentially, from studying avian influenza for pandemic preparedness, it came to light that there’s a need to consider other animal diseases and environmental factors – such as the growth in scaled-up industrial production systems; legal and illegal trade in wildlife and even wildlife farming; the interface with species that might serve as a virus reservoir or with vector species that can transmit disease; and the role of human behaviour in spreading disease.
The publication can be found here.
FAO is a partner of World Veterinary Year (Vet2011) and has recently adopted a resolution declaring Global Freedom from Rinderpest.