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Entries for July 2020

STATEMENT: On the UN Environment Programme report on zoonotic disease

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STATEMENT: On the UN Environment Programme report on zoonotic disease
(July 10, 2020) WCS commends the recent UNEP report "Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission," and welcomes its 10 recommendations to help prevent future outbreaks. However, they are not sufficient if we are truly to prevent another COVID-like pandemic. WCS believes bolder steps are required. 

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Today is World Zoonoses Day

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Today is World Zoonoses Day
(July 06, 2020)  Zoonotic diseases result from pathogens jumping or spilling over between animals and humans. Think rabies, lyme disease, West Nile virus, HIV and Ebola. Today, as COVID-19 ravages our communities, we all understand the impact they can have.  Between 1940 and 2004, more than 335 emerging infectious disease outbreaks, involving 183 distinct pathogens, were reported worldwide (more than 50 per decade) and the rate of disease emergence is increasing.  We must act to reduce the l...

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