Report on FAO/OIE/WHO Consultation on Avian Influenza and Human Health: Risk Reduction Measures in Producing, Marketing, and Living with Animals in Asia
This meeting report covers the presentations and discussions undertaken on the following:
- the current practices employed in the production and marketing of live animals in Asia that might have potential human health implications;
- the scope and effectiveness of current regulatory control measures applied to the production, distribution and marketing of live animals for food in Asia to minimize the human health risk;
- the provision of guidance applicable in developing countries regarding appropriate regulatory controls in the production, distribution and marketing of live animals for food;
- identification of effective interventions that would (a) enhance community awareness and understanding of high-risk human behaviors and practices contributing to the emergence and prevalence of avian influenza in humans and poultry; and (b) facilitate change aimed at reducing the risk of zoonoses to human health; and
- determination of research that needs to be undertaken to strengthen regulatory controls.