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FAO: Surge in Diseases of Animal Origin Necessitates New Approach to Health

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        FAO: SURGE IN DISEASES OF ANIMAL ORIGIN NECESSITATES NEW APPROACH TO HEALTH Focus on Root Causes and Prevention Needed   16 December 2013, Rome -
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        FAO: SURGE IN DISEASES OF ANIMAL ORIGIN NECESSITATES NEW APPROACH TO HEALTH
      Focus on Root Causes and Prevention Needed

       
      16 December 2013, Rome - Population growth, agricultural expansion, and
      the rise of globe-spanning food supply chains have dramatically altered
      how diseases emerge, jump species boundaries, and spread, according to
      an FAO report released today. A new, more holistic approach to managing
      disease threats at the animal-human-environment interface is needed, it
      argues.

      Seventy percent of the new diseases that have emerged in humans over
      recent decades are of animal origin and, in part, directly related to
      the human quest for more animal-sourced food, according to the report,
      World Livestock 2013: Changing Disease Landscapes.

      The ongoing expansion of agricultural lands into wild areas, coupled
      with a worldwide boom in livestock production, means that "livestock and
      wildlife are more in contact with each other, and we ourselves are more
      in contact with animals than ever before," said Ren Wang, FAO Assistant
      Director-General for Agriculture and Consumer Protection...
       
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