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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.

Copies of Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases are available from the National Academies Press; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242 or on the Internet at  Reporters may obtain a copy from the Office of News and Public Information (contacts listed above).

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Division on Earth and Life Studies

Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources



Board on Global Health


Committee on Achieving Sustainable Global Capacity for Surveillance and

Response to Emerging Diseases of Zoonotic Origin


Gerald T. Keusch, M.D. (co-chair)

Associate Provost for Global Health

Boston University Medical Center, and

Associate Dean for Global Health

School of Public Health

Boston University



Marguerite Pappaioanou, D.V.M., Ph.D. (co-chair)

Executive Director

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Washington, D.C.


Corrie Brown, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor

Department of Veterinary Pathology

College of Veterinary Medicine

University of Georgia



John S. Brownstein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Children’s Hospital Boston

Harvard Medical School

Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology



Peter Daszak, Ph.D.


Consortium for Conservation Medicine

New York City


Cornelis de Haan


Agriculture and Rural Development

World Bank

Washington, D.C.


Christl A. Donnelly, Sc.D.

Professor of Statistical Epidemiology

Public Health and Primary Care

Imperial College



David P. Fidler, J.D.

James L. Calamaras Professor of Law

School of Law

Indiana University



Kenneth H. Hill, Ph.D.

Professor of the Practice

of Global Health

Department of Global Health

and Population

School of Public Health

Harvard University

Cambridge, Mass.


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

School of Public Health and Community Medicine

University of Washington



Ramanan Laxminarayan,   Ph.D., M.P.H.

Senior Fellow

Resources for the Future

Washington, D.C.


Terry F. McElwain, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Executive Director

Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, and


Washington Animal Health Research Center

College of Veterinary Medicine

Washington State University



Mark A. Nichter, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Regents Professor of Anthropology, and

Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Anthropology

University of Arizona



Mo Salman, D.V.M., M.P.V.M., Ph.D.

Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology

Animal Population Health Institute

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Colorado State University

Fort Collins


Oyewale Tomori, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor

Redeemer's University

Lagos, Nigeria


Kevin D. Walker, Ph.D.


National Food Safety and Toxicology Center

Michigan State University

East Lansing


Mark Woolhouse, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Center for Infectious Diseases

University of Edinburgh





Kimberly Scott, M.S.P.H.

Study Director