FAO workshops map and plan work to contain animal-transmitted Ebola and MERS diseases

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Watering camels near Wajir, northern Kenya

Watering camels near Wajir, in northern Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Riccardo Gangale).

Infectious animal-borne disease threats such as Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are here to stay, and further painful outbreaks are likely to flare up or new disease threats will definitely emerge in the near future, said Juan Lubroth, FAO’s chief veterinarian, querying whether the world is prepared to detect them and prevent their spread.

To better assess and manage future outbreaks of infectious animal-borne disease threats such as Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, ‘policy makers must foster an integrated research program mapping out both what is and what is not known about the transmission dynamics and spillover patterns of the two recent epidemics, as well as promoting collaboration and stronger surveillance and diagnostic networks, according to FAO [the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations], which with USAID [the United States Agency…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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