Expert: Vets, human-health community should join forces to combat zoonoses

04/27/2010 | Newsweek

About 75% of emerging infectious diseases affecting humans, including avian flu and H1N1, stem from animals, but the fact remains that no effective system of zoonotic-disease surveillance exists in the U.S. or anywhere else, says an Institute of Medicine report. To curb the spread of zoonoses, there needs to be a collaboration between the veterinary community and the human-health community, a co-chair of the IOM report says.

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