From the World Health Organization Health Bulletin: As public and political awareness of emerging infectious diseases is growing, as animal and human health specialists work closer together to avert potential outbreaks. More than 30 new human infectious diseases have emerged over the past three decades, most of them originating in the animal world. The “One Health” movement is about preventing situations such as deforestation and certain agricultural practices that encourage their emergence, and it advocates for early detection.There are still huge gaps in our knowledge, we need a better understanding of the wildlife hosts of pathogens, otherwise we will not be able to prevent future outbreaks,” says Linfa Wang who heads the emerging virus research team at the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory. In 2009, the United States government launched the Emerging Pandemic Threats programme to “preempt or combat diseases that could cause future pandemics”. It works in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to help develop laboratory networks and strengthen diagnostic capacities in the places where new diseases occur. “If we’d had these systems 50 years ago, perhaps we could have detected HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and averted the pandemic that has killed millions of people.” says Pierre Formenty, who leads the Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens team at the World Health Organization in Geneva Switzerland. To learn more - click on the image or the title.