UN releases report recommending set of actions required to control epidemics in future

In order to ensure the good health of humans and animals for a healthy ecosystem on a priority basis, researchers have suggested implementation of the “One Health” concept as the United Nations released a set of actions required for controlling epidemics in the future.

Inger Andersen, executive director of the UN Environment (UNEP) said, “The science is clear that if we keep exploiting wildlife and destroying our ecosystems, then we can expect to see a steady stream of these diseases jumping from animals to humans in the years ahead.”

The UNEP and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) jointly prepared a report to mark the World Zoonoses Day, celebrated on June 6 to honour French biologist Louis Pasteur.

Other measures required for tackling the outbreaks, as suggested by the researchers include more scientific studies, cost-benefit analysis of societal impacts of diseases, generating awareness, and regulations to curb animal and human interactions.

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