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Date: Sept. 22, 2009
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More Sophisticated, Better Coordinated Global System Needed
To Effectively Prevent, Detect, Respond to Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
USAID should also lead an effort to identify sustainable funding sources to develop and maintain this new system. Funding for surveillance traditionally has focused on individual diseases with disproportionate resources aimed at infections in humans compared with those in animals. Moreover, development aid budgets tend to fluctuate with changes in leadership or priorities. The effort to find sustainable funding should specifically consider a tax on internationally traded meat and meat products as one possible mechanism, although the pros and cons of all options must be weighed to determine which funding sources will work best, the report notes.
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NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Board on Global Health
Response to Emerging Diseases of Zoonotic Origin
Gerald T. Keusch, M.D. (co-chair)
Associate Provost for Global Health
Associate Dean for Global Health
Marguerite Pappaioanou, D.V.M., Ph.D. (co-chair)
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Corrie Brown, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of Veterinary Pathology
John S. Brownstein, Ph.D.
Children’s Hospital Boston
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Peter Daszak, Ph.D.
Consortium for Conservation Medicine
Cornelis de Haan
Agriculture and Rural Development
Christl A. Donnelly, Sc.D.
Professor of Statistical Epidemiology
Public Health and Primary Care
David P. Fidler, J.D.
James L. Calamaras Professor of Law
Kenneth H. Hill, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice
of Global Health
Department of Global Health
Ann Marie Kimball, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.
Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services, and
Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Biomedical and Health Informatics
Ramanan Laxminarayan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Resources for the Future
Terry F. McElwain, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, and
Mark A. Nichter, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Regents Professor of Anthropology, and
Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Department of Anthropology
Mo Salman, D.V.M., M.P.V.M., Ph.D.
Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology
Animal Population Health Institute
Oyewale Tomori, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Kevin D. Walker, Ph.D.
National Food Safety and
Mark Woolhouse, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Center for Infectious Diseases
Kimberly Scott, M.S.P.H.