Animal diseases and global public health: troubling uncertainty

New infectious animal diseases that affect public health and have the capacity to cross borders will continue to emerge around the globe. These diseases could potentially develop human-to-human transmissibility, thus they incite public fear and alarmist reactions that impact economic progress, social order, and national security. A proactive approach to disease risk management that combines foresight, prevention, impact mitigation, early detection, and swift and effective responses is warranted.

Sigfrido Burgos
Sigfrido.Burgos(at)fao.org

Joachim Otte
Joachim.Otte(at)fao.org

Animal Production and Health Division
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO
Rome, Italy