Healthy animals mean healthy people
....and a healthier planet
Ensuring the health of animals is vital to safeguarding the health of people, not only in terms of ensuring the availability of safe, healthy food for all, but also in terms of preventing disease outbreaks or transmission.
With the rapidly increasing global population and the increasingly crowded nature of our planet where man and animal live in ever closer proximity, the ability of infections to pass more frequently between species has increased. Preventive animal medicines and the widespread use and development of vaccines play an increasingly important role in preventing and controlling disease outbreaks, which can have devastating impacts on a region's economy and the health of local eco-systems.
Animal medicines also help prevent disease transmission to people. According to the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health), of the nearly 1,500 infectious diseases we know affect people, a little over 60% can pass between animals and people (mostly through wildlife). Called zoonotic diseases, some of the most commonly-recognised zoonoses include avian flu, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and rabies. Over the past three decades, approximately 75% of new emerging human infectious diseases have been zoonotic.
All of these factors are encompassed in the One Health concept, a term used to describe the connectivity between animal, human and environmental health.