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FAO EMPRES 360 on LinkTADs achievements

FAO EMPRES December issue presents perspectives on important diseases that are posing new emerging problems, attracting more interest for improved control or – last but not least – appearing to be rather neglected.

These articles are very timely and give an excellent overview on what are more newsworthy topics than ever.

The spread of African swine fever in Europe, the periodic emergence of influenza viruses such as H7N9, and the increasing importance of peste des petit ruminants and Rift Valley fever are well-recognized threats. Some diseases can be particularly high-ranking subjects for consideration because of their potential to spread to humans (zoonotic diseases), such as those caused by certain influenza virus strains, as already mentioned, or the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease.
 
The second part of this issue of EMPRES360 explains how the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) addresses certain animal health challenges in the field involving selected diseases, groups of diseases or more complex health questions for which FAO’s attention is very appropriate. The focus on diseases such as vector-borne diseases, which are evolving because of environmental changes and of which many are communicable to humans, provides good examples of the strategies and visions that FAO animal health managers and teams have chosen when defining their working priorities.
 
This is further illustrated by the activities FAO is carrying out in certain countries or through the organization of specialized or wider meetings.
 
Full Bulletin is available here: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4257e.pdf
 
The pdf article on LinkTADs achievements can be downloaded below:
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