Merge Animal and Human Health Science

June 15, 2007

policy

Reported today in Science: later this this month at the AMA meeting will be a vote on a resolution in support of strengthened ties between schools of medicine and veterinary science, increased collaboration in surveillance and the development of diagnostics, drugs, and vaccines across species barriers. For example the benefits of collaboration could go beyond zoonoses, says Jakob Zinsstag of the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel. For instance, in Chad, Zinsstag has helped introduce joint vaccination campaigns for livestock and humans, which has helped raise vaccination rates of hard-to-reach nomadic populations. In the United Kingdom