Neglected tropical diseases

Neglected zoonotic diseases (NZD)

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Control of neglected zoonotic diseases at the human animal interface require integrated approaches and the application of veterinary science.

Neglected zoonotic diseases are a subset of the neglected tropical diseases. Zoonoses are diseases that are naturally transmitted from vertebrate animals to humans and vice-versa. Their management needs integrated approaches and application of veterinary science, which are part of the NTD strategic approach to transmission control. The term “neglected” highlights that diseases affect mainly poor and marginalized populations in low-resource settings.

Addressing this group of diseases requires collaborative, cross-sectoral efforts of human and animal health systems and a multidisciplinary approach that considers the complexities of the ecosystems where humans and animals coexist. Preventing and mitigating their occurrence in humans requires control and, where feasible, elimination of the diseases in their animal reservoirs.

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Neglected zoonotic diseases

~60 %of infectious disease pathogens of human are zoonotic

Research priorities for zoonoses and marginalized infections (TRS 971) [pdf 2.4Mb]

Figures

> 200the number of described zoonoses

Zoonoses and communicable diseases common to man and animals [pdf 11kb]

Strategic partners

SynergyA FAO/OIE/WHO collaboration

More on the collaboration [pdf 409kb]

Meetings and events

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News highlights

25 November 2014 | Geneva
Fourth International Meeting on the control of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases: From advocacy to Action – a summary


03 July 2013 | Geneva | Geneva
WHO Expert consultation on Rabies. Second Report. WHO Technical Report Series (TRS 982).


26 June 2013 | Geneva
Rabies vaccine bank in Kwa Zulu Natal to accelerate mass immunization of dogs