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International Standards for Managing Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonoses of Public Health Significance: A Call for Horizontal Collaboration Between Intergovernmental Organizations

Tyson Wanjura
The International Lawyer
Vol. 41, No. 3 (FALL 2007), pp. 975-999
Published by: American Bar Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40708038
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

As the number of infectious diseases has increased over the last several years in both animal species and humans, the urgency of horizontal collaboration between international animal and public health organizations has become more evident. Any disease agent that transfers from an animal source into humans is considered a zoonoses. Seventy five percent of all emerging diseases that have affected people over the last two decades are of the zoonotic variety. The convergence of animal and human disease threats mandates corresponding convergence between animal and public health officials. This comment focuses on existing international organizations and their approach to international law for the surveillance and control of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases. It examines zoonoses in general and surveys the organizational components and existing activities of the WHO, OIE, FAO, and WTO concerning zoonoses. It weighs the effectiveness of the collaboration of these international organizations and advocates for a more aggressive approach.

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