Strengthening the Wildlife-Livestock-Human Interface

January 6, 2016 07:21 AM

By: JoAnn Alumbaugh, editor, PORK Network 

The OIE and the CIC reinforce their efforts to collaborate on animal health as it relates to the wildlife-livestock-human interface.

Last month, the Director General of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Dr. Bernard Vallat, and the President of the Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), Mr. Bernard Lozé, signed an agreement between their two institutions to renovate and strengthen their common objectives and activities to cooperate on animal health issues, particularly at the animal, human and environment interface.

On average, five new human infectious diseases appear every year, three of them coming from animals. For example, African swine fever (ASF), brucellosis or tuberculosis are well-known diseases that affect wildlife and can spread to domestic animals. They also can spread to humans, with 60 percent of these diseases being zoonotic. In this regard, the professionals of the aquatic and terrestrial protected areas, hunters and fishermen are important sentinels to protect animal and human health.

Leaders of the two organizations believe this essential function for health, environment and biodiversity needs to be strengthened and better organized at global, national and local levels. In this context, the agreement signed in early December aims to acknowledge the work already undertaken and to stimulate the implementation of new activities.


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