11/12/2009

SCOTLAND : New initiative to prevent ‘next global pandemic’. -- (Wiredgov)

 

The Department for International Development (DFID) is tomorrow (11 December) bringing together vets, virologists, academics and other experts in animal-to-human diseases in order to identify hotspots where the next global pandemic is most likely to come from and how best to prevent it emerging or spreading.......

Diseases have inflicted enormous economic losses that have upset regional and international trade and market development as well as undermining the livelihoods of millions of poor farmers and the ability of smallholder entrepreneurs to manage risk.A particularly virulent form of H1N1 ('swine flu') caused the pandemic of 1918-1919, and led to the deaths of between 50 and 100 million people......

It has been estimated that a mutation or reassortment (a mixing of similar viruses) of the related H5N1 ('bird flu') virus into a relatively “mild” pandemic form could lead to the deaths of 1.4 million people worldwide.More than 70 percent of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases originate in the livestock sector...

New initiative to prevent ‘next global pandemic’

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