‘Preventing the next pandemic’ – A 2020 UNEP Frontiers Series Report on zoonotic diseases with reflections for South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Wernecke, Bianca
dc.contributor.author Millar, Danielle A.
dc.contributor.author Walters, Michele
dc.contributor.author Ganswindt, Andre
dc.contributor.author Dziba, Luthando
dc.contributor.author Wright, C.Y. (Caradee)
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-29T13:06:20Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-29T13:06:20Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07
dc.description.abstract Zoonoses account for about 25% of the infectious disease burden in low-income countries. Poverty might increase the risk for zoonotic disease where the active human–livestock and human–wildlife interfaces can increase the likelihood of disease transmission. A combined disease burden exists for people in areas such as tropical and subtropical Africa, where there is likelihood of co-infection with zoonotic diseases and other pathogenic or infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV.1 Many endemic zoonoses remain widely neglected in such settings, undetected and underreported, because their impacts are borne largely by impoverished and marginalised communities. Due to these unique contexts, the prevention and management of emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases in many African countries is a complex undertaking needing evidence-based guidance. In early 2020, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) took on the urgent task to provide an up-to-date, rapid scientific assessment on zoonotic diseases as part of the UNEP’s Frontiers Report Series. The goal of the report is to provide relevant information for policymakers on how to ‘prevent the next pandemic’ by interrogating what is known about zoonotic diseases and how best one can break the chain of transmission. As the world presently faces the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, this timely report helps decisionmakers with evidence-based actions, not only to flatten the curve of COVID-19 incidence, but to answer questions about zoonoses in general and plan for the future. In this Commentary, we give a brief overview of UNEP’s latest report and then relate some of the key messages and recommendations for policymakers to a South African context. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.department Mammal Research Institute en_ZA
dc.description.department Zoology and Entomology
dc.description.librarian hj2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sajs.co.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Wernecke B, Millar DA, Walters M, Ganswindt A, Dziba L, Wright CY. ‘Preventing the next pandemic’ – A 2020 UNEP Frontiers Series Report on zoonotic diseases with reflections for South Africa. South African Journal of Science 2020;116(7/8), Art. #8531, 4 pages. https://doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2020/8531. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/sajs.2020/8531
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/75496
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Academy of Science of South Africa en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020. The Author(s). Published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. en_ZA
dc.subject Human health en_ZA
dc.subject Zoonoses diseases en_ZA
dc.subject Environmental health en_ZA
dc.subject One health en_ZA
dc.subject Planetary health en_ZA
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title ‘Preventing the next pandemic’ – A 2020 UNEP Frontiers Series Report on zoonotic diseases with reflections for South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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