The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) has commended World Veterinary Day for raising awareness of vector-borne diseases (VBDs) with a zoonotic potential.
IFAH executive director Carel du Marchie Sarvaas said: “We’re delighted that this year’s World Veterinary Day theme will highlight the issues caused by vector-borne diseases.
Vector-borne diseases currently account for 17% of the global burden of all infectious diseases. Taken as a group, vector-borne diseases are responsible for high levels of morbidity in human populations throughout the world, economic losses in production animals and reduced animal welfare.
For example, Trypanosomiasis (known as African sleeping sickness in humans) affects 36 sub-Saharan African countries, with more than 17,000 human cases reported annually and accounting for cattle production losses of up to $1.2 billion a year. African sleeping sickness is considered fatal without treatment.
- Download IFAH’s 2014 white paper, “The growing threat of vector-borne disease in humans and animals“.