October 6, 2014
No matter how distant your professional expertise might be from transboundary animal diseases (TADs), such words as Ebola, Swine Influenza (pig flu), or Avian Influenza (bird flu) periodically circulate daily news across the globe.
Whether it raises (mostly unjustified) concerns and fears among regional communities, or contributes to increased research and vaccine development funding, it is evident that the subject of diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans is of high significance for all countries.
Urbanization and settling in previously unexplored areas result in closer contacts with animals and emergence of new transmittable viruses. In addition, globalization may cause rapid and wide spread of diseases. Therefore, cooperation across borders is crucial for disease prevention and control and most importantly for raising awareness regarding risks and treatment of infectious animal diseases and zoonoses.
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