HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Problem of emerging infectious diseases likely to worsen

Emerging infectious diseases pose a global threat to human and animal health, and the problem is likely to worsen, warns an expert in this week's BMJ.

The recent emergence of diseases, such as AIDS, SARS and avian flu, have catapulted emerging infectious diseases to the top of the medical and political agendas, and have highlighted the importance of wildlife as reservoirs or vectors for disease, writes Dr Andrew Cunningham.

Of pathogens causing emerging infectious diseases, 75% are zoonotic (able to transmit from animals to humans), with wildlife being an increasingly important source.

But why are we now seeing an apparently rapid increase in the emergence of new zoonoses from wildlife?

One of the major drivers is closer human contact with wildlife, primarily caused by human encroachment into, and modification of, wildlife habitat. For example, Ebola virus outbreaks often are linked to hunting for "bushmeat" or to mining development, and the AIDS pandemic originated from human encroachment into African forests for food.

The rise in international trade and travel is also important. The emergence of West Nile virus in North America, and AIDS and SARS globally, for example, arose from such travel and trade.

This globalisation of people and products is difficult to control and is largely related to increasing air transportation. With world air travel expected to grow at about 5% a year for at least the next 20 years, the problem of emerging infectious diseases will continue to grow, he warns.

Emerging infectious diseases are not only a problem for human health but are a major threat to animal welfare and to species conservation. Some emerging infectious diseases also threaten domesticated species.

Through emerging infectious diseases, therefore, the medical, veterinary, and wildlife conservation professions, share a common agenda. The problem is not small, and tackling it will not be easy, but recognising a
'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-20-7383-6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
24-Nov-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Problems at World Anti-Doping Agency will drive innocent athletes out of sport
2. Problem gamblers share personality profiles of substance abusers
3. New NIAID grants strengthen national biodefense and emerging infectious diseases research network
4. Latest research and emerging treatments for osteoporosis focus of NYAS conference
5. White House/VA conference on emerging technologies for disabilities
6. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund awards $8 million to infectious disease investigators
7. Travel ban could reduce spread of SARS or other infectious diseases
8. Use of antibiotic to treat infectious eye disease trachoma may increase risk for reinfection
9. Waterborne infectious diseases could soon be consigned to history, says expert
10. Feds infectious diseases strategy must be broader than biodefense, say ID physicians
11. Presidents budget proposal cuts critical infectious diseases programs to the bone

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Problem emerging infectious diseases likely worsen

(Date:9/2/2015)... ... September 02, 2015 , ... Every year at this time, students ... However, few are prepared to face the academic workload confronting them. They just don’t ... prepared them since schools don’t teach students how to study. , “Bankers bank. Salesmen ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... Destin, Florida (PRWEB) , ... September 02, 2015 , ... ... in drug prices over the past year and its negative impact on consumers. It ... regular prescription medication and 10% were paying as much as an extra $100 compared ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... September 02, 2015 , ... ... patented products, announces Hand Free Pocket Cop, a safety invention that protects people ... US is worth $31 billion," says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... September 02, 2015 , ... ... Fort Lauderdale, CENTURION SERVICE GROUP is internationally known as an industry leader specializing ... house in the world, selling more than 100,000 pieces of medical equipment every ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... ... ... Ovarian cancer continues to be the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. According to ... is approximately 1 in 75. This year it is estimated that approximately 22,000 women ... There is no test to detect ovarian cancer. A Pap test does not detect ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:5 Essential Study Tips Every Student Needs for Academic Success but Schools Do Not Teach 2Health News:5 Essential Study Tips Every Student Needs for Academic Success but Schools Do Not Teach 3Health News:Watertree Health President Responds to Consumer Reports Survey on Rising Prescription Drug Prices 2Health News:What Should You Be Watching As You Walk Alone At Night - World Patent Marketing's Hand Free Pocket Cop Invention 2Health News:What Should You Be Watching As You Walk Alone At Night - World Patent Marketing's Hand Free Pocket Cop Invention 3Health News:What Should You Be Watching As You Walk Alone At Night - World Patent Marketing's Hand Free Pocket Cop Invention 4Health News:What Should You Be Watching As You Walk Alone At Night - World Patent Marketing's Hand Free Pocket Cop Invention 5Health News:What Should You Be Watching As You Walk Alone At Night - World Patent Marketing's Hand Free Pocket Cop Invention 6Health News:What Should You Be Watching As You Walk Alone At Night - World Patent Marketing's Hand Free Pocket Cop Invention 7Health News:Over 1800 Lots of Surplus Used Medical Equipment 2Health News:Over 1800 Lots of Surplus Used Medical Equipment 3Health News:National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's DFW Chapter Features First Annual Teal Lights Display This Friday, September 4th, "National Wear Teal Day" 2Health News:National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's DFW Chapter Features First Annual Teal Lights Display This Friday, September 4th, "National Wear Teal Day" 3
(Date:9/2/2015)... 2015 About Neuroendovascular Coil ... an unruptured and ruptured brain aneurysm (a weakened ... either known as an endovascular coiling or endovascular ... the blood flow in an aneurysm. The endovascular ... by an interventional neuroradiologist using fluoroscopic imaging guidance. ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... 2, 2015 About Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia ... characterized by increased production of lymphocytes. It has been ... it can spread to other parts of the body. ... of the slow buildup of the cancerous cells. During ... the spleen, liver, and lymph nodes. The course of ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... 2, 2015 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/275q7t/inhaled_drug ... Drug Delivery (London, UK - November 19-20, 2015)" ... Delivery meeting will cover industry case studies, regulatory updates, ... Co-Chairmen are Dr Steven Nichols , OINP Specialist ... Companies participating include: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Global Neuroendovascular Coil Market 2015-2019 2Global Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Therapeutics Market 2015-2019 2Global Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Therapeutics Market 2015-2019 3
Cached News: