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UN and partners launch First-ever Roadmap for Zoonotic TB

UN and partners launch First-ever Roadmap for Zoonotic TB

The first-ever Roadmap for Zoonotic TB was launched on October 12, 2017 at the 48th Union World Conference on  Lung Health taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Roadmap outlines 10 priority actions to tackle zoonotic TB in people and bovine TB in animals.

Four partners in health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) 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.

Ten priority actions

The roadmap, supported by the four partners, articulates ten priority actions that human and animal health actors should take, and defines milestones for the short- and medium-term:

Improve the Evidence Base

  • Systematically survey, collect, analyse and report better quality data on the incidence of zoonotic TB in people, and improve surveillance and reporting of bovine TB in livestock and wildlife.
  • Expand availability of appropriate diagnostic tools and capacity for testing to identify and characterize zoonotic TB in people.
  • Identify and address research gaps in zoonotic and bovine TB including epidemiology, diagnostic tools, vaccines, effective patient treatment regimens, health systems, and interventions coordinated with Veterinary Services.

Reduce Transmission between Animals And Humans

  • Develop strategies to improve food safety
  • Develop capacity of the animal health sector to reduce the prevalence of TB in livestock.
  • Identify key populations and risks pathways for transmission of zoonotic TB.

Strengthen Inter-sectoral Collaboration

  • Increase awareness of zoonotic TB, engage key public and private stakeholders and establish effective inter-sectoral collaboration
  • Develop and implement policies and guidelines for the prevention, surveillance, diagnosis, and treatment of zoonotic TB, in line with intergovernmental standards where relevant.
  • Identify opportunities for community-tailored interventions that jointly address human and animal health.
  • Develop an investment case to advocate for political commitment and funding to address zoonotic TB across sectors, at the global, regional and national levels.

About Bovine TB

Bovine TB is most often communicated to humans through food consumption, usually non-heat-treated dairy products or raw or improperly cooked meat from diseased animals. Direct transmission from infected animals or animal products to people can also occur.

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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