Scientists stress need, amid COVID-19, to maintain focus on everyday zoonotic diseases of the world’s poor
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Scientists stress need, amid COVID-19, to maintain focus on everyday zoonotic diseases of the world’s poor

Most diseases that transmit from animals to humans (zoonoses) are not of the headline-grabbing, world-stopping variety write Eric Fèvre and Naomi Marks. They are an everyday reality for millions of people whose lives are quietly blighted or prematurely ended by diseases transmitted through farming and food systems. Continue reading

FOOD SAFETY: In support the traditional—and essential—food markets of low-income countries
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FOOD SAFETY: In support the traditional—and essential—food markets of low-income countries

On this World Food Safety Day (7 June 2020), staff of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) make the case for supporting traditional markets to improve food safety. Continue reading

FOOD SAFETY: A point of departure for preventing diseases originating in the world’s food systems
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FOOD SAFETY: A point of departure for preventing diseases originating in the world’s food systems

To mark World Food Safety Day today, 7 June 2010, three of the world’s leading food safety experts investigate opportunities for building back better food systems and nutrition in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

COVID-19 gives the ‘One Health’ approach to tackling epidemics ‘global celebrity status’. Again.
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COVID-19 gives the ‘One Health’ approach to tackling epidemics ‘global celebrity status’. Again.

Recent past pandemics, such as bird flu, swine flu and MERS likewise led to the potential of One Health being acclaimed. But the present COVID-19 pandemic reveals that the implementation of One Health has not matched its periodic celebrity status. So what is the problem? Continue reading

Domestic livestock not a source of the COVID-19 disease—ILRI veterinary epidemiologist Eric Fevre
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Domestic livestock not a source of the COVID-19 disease—ILRI veterinary epidemiologist Eric Fevre

Eric Fèvre, professor of veterinary infectious diseases at the University of Liverpool and jointly appointed at the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya, . . . says people should not be concerned about their domestic livestock becoming a COVID-19 source. Continue reading

Disease outbreaks linked to degraded ecosystems: A problem ALL of us are driving and ALL of us need to solve
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Disease outbreaks linked to degraded ecosystems: A problem ALL of us are driving and ALL of us need to solve

While the world’s attention is focused on controlling COVID-19, evidence points at the biodiversity crisis as a leading factor in its emergence. At first glance, the two issues might seem unrelated, but disease outbreaks and degraded ecosystems are deeply connected. Continue reading

Why shutting down Chinese ‘wet markets’ could be a terrible mistake
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Why shutting down Chinese ‘wet markets’ could be a terrible mistake

The current focus on exotic food consumption in China often relies on Orientalisation, and is in some cases tinged with anti-Chinese sentiment. Continue reading

‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?
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‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?

An article in The Guardian newspaper raises the question of whether human destruction of nature is responsible for mass pandemics like COVID-19. It quotes Eric Fevre, a principal scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute, on the ubiquity of possible germ sources: ‘”There are countless pathogens out there continuing to evolve which at some point … Continue reading

What changes in temperature mean for Africa’s tsetse fly
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What changes in temperature mean for Africa’s tsetse fly

Future strategies to get rid of tsetse flies from Africa, which transmit disease in livestock and people, will need to take into account the effects of changing climates. My colleagues and I conducted research examining the impact of changes in temperature on the tseste fly. Continue reading