Avian Influenza, West Nile Virus - Most New Human Diseases Are Coming from Animal Populations

Avian influenza, Ebola virus, West Nile virus, SARS, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (also known as "mad cow disease," which is related to a fatal neurodegenerative disease in humans, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease)—the list of new diseases that affect both humans and animals is lengthy. Known as zoonotic diseases, they account for most new infectious diseases, indicating that greater cooperation between human and veterinary medicine is needed. The AVMA and the American Medical Association announced in 2007 that they would work together on what has been called the One Health Initiative to combat the spread of zoonotic diseases.

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Dr. Roger Mahr, past president of the AVMA, who introduced the One Health Initiative

Contact: Tom McPheron, (847) 285-6781

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