Report: Efforts to Fight Animal-Borne Disease Lag

August 6, 2003
by David Wahlberg
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The United States has a piecemeal approach to controlling diseases that cross over from animals to humans, and the effort needs to be better coordinated and funded, according to a report released Tuesday by a public health advocacy group. "Despite the surge in animal-borne diseases threatening Americans, the country lacks a concerted national program to prevent and control these illnesses, which can impact humans, animals and food, in the U.S. and abroad," says the report by the Trust for America's Health. The group examined the country's handling of five outbreaks: monkeypox, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease.

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