U.S. should be global monitor for animal diseases: Institute

U.S. should be global monitor for animal diseases: Institute

David Morgan

Canada.com

The United States needs to lead a global effort to protect people from new outbreaks of deadly infectious diseases that originate in animals, such as swine flu, AIDS and SARS, health experts said Tuesday.

Air travel, climate change, population growth and rising demand for meat products from developing countries have accelerated the spread of "zoonotic" diseases, according to a panel set up by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.

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