Neglected zoonotic diseases (NZD)
Neglected zoonotic diseases are a subset of the neglected tropical diseases. Zoonoses are diseases 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.
Neglected zoonotic diseases
~60 %of infectious disease pathogens of human are zoonoticResearch priorities for zoonoses and marginalized infections (TRS 971) [pdf 2.4Mb]
> 200the number of described zoonosesZoonoses and communicable diseases common to man and animals [pdf 11kb]
SynergyA FAO/OIE/WHO collaborationMore on the collaboration [pdf 409kb]