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From Bird Flu to Bovine TB: £3m announced to continue the fight against animal-to-human diseases

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News from: Department for International Development

It is estimated that zoonoses – diseases capable of passing from animals to human - are responsible for 2.5 billion cases of human illness and 2.7 million human deaths worldwide each year. As well as threatening human and animal health, zoonotic diseases affect livestock production, causing economic and social harm to communities in both developed and developing countries. Around $220 billion was lost globally between 2000 and 2010 due to zoonotic disease.

Building on six years of global collaborative research, the Department for International Development (DfID), in partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are pleased to announce a further £3 million investment in projects to continue the fight against zoonotic diseases.

The projects are:

Project Lead researchers Institutions
Operationalizing One Health interventions in Tanzania Professor Sarah Cleveland and Dr Jo Halliday University of Glasgow
ENABLES: Enabling livestock-keepers to eliminate sleeping sickness Professor Steve Torr Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Sustainable control of livestock schistosomiasis in Africa to improve human and animal health and productivity (ZELS-SR: CATTLES 'Control And Targeted Treatment of Livestock Emerging Schistosomiasis' ) Professor Joanne Webster Royal Veterinary College
REZIAI: Reducing the economic and zoonotic impact of avian influenza: delivering novel vaccines and diagnostics from laboratory to the field Professor Munir Iqbal The Pirbright Institute
Myanmar Pig Partnership Project Dr Alexander Tucker University of Cambridge
ETHICOBOTS 2: One Health research for impact Professor James Wood University of Cambridge

BBSRC’s Executive Chair Professor Melanie Welham, said: “Bioscience is crucial in developing strategies to understand and control diseases that have huge impact on both human and animal life and wellbeing. These projects are testament to the effectiveness of working closely with both UK and international partners on issues that are truly global, and the excellence of research that we support.”

These projects come as the result of the Zoonoses in Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) project, which awarded £20 million to 11 projects in 2012. Further information on the original ZELS projects can be found at: Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS).


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