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First roadmap to stop transmission of bovine and zoonotic tuberculosis

Staff Writer |
The first-ever roadmap to combat animal tuberculosis (bovine TB) and its transmission to humans, referred to as zoonotic TB, calls for close collaboration between those working to improve human and animal health.

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The transmission to humans happens most often through consumption of contaminated untreated meat or dairy products from diseased animals.

It is built on a One Health approach, addressing health risks across sectors.

The Roadmap for Zoonotic TB was launched today at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico this week.

Four partners in health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) have joined forces to develop the roadmap and address the major health and economic impact of this disease.

New data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 140,000 people fall ill and more than 12,000 people lose their lives each year to zoonotic TB - mostly in the African and the South-East Asian regions.

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