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A call to prioritise prevention: Action is needed to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease emergence

Shanks, S; van Schalkwyk, MC; Cunningham, AA; (2022) A call to prioritise prevention: Action is needed to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease emergence. The Lancet Regional Health - Europe , 23 , Article 100506. 10.1016/j.lanepe.2022.100506. Green open access

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Abstract

Anthropogenic changes to the environment are facilitating the spread of animal pathogens into human populations. A global focus on detecting and containing emerging infectious diseases has deflected from the need for upstream prevention measures to reduce the risk of pathogen emergence. The drivers of infectious disease emergence have predominantly been considered as environmental and conservation issues and not as risks to human health. There is an opportunity for the UK to take a leadership position on this complex issue. This will require the establishment and maintenance of effective governance and policy mandates. Novel ways of policymaking are needed urgently to achieve three key aims: coordination and collaboration across sectors and government departments, the inclusion of diverse expertise, and the prioritisation of measures directed at prevention.

Type: Article
Title: A call to prioritise prevention: Action is needed to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease emergence
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.lanepe.2022.100506
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lanepe.2022.100506
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
Keywords: Public health; Pandemic prevention; Emerging infectious diseases; Zoonotic disease; One Health
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10163474
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