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Biological threat reduction
Vol. 36 (2), August 2017, Trilingual
ISBN 978-92-95108-31-8 29.7 3 21 cm, approx. 300 pp.
Ref.: R 36 (2), Price: 70 €
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: Tammy Beckham, ed
Animal diseases, including zoonoses, have the potential to negatively impact economies, the environment, society, and public health. It is currently thought that over 60% of human diseases and over 80% of agents that can be used for bio-terrorism are of animal origin. The emergence and spread of animal diseases, including zoonoses, is at an all-time high. This increase in disease emergence and spread is thought to be the result of an increase in intensive farming, global travel, human pressure on ecosystems and social unrest.

This issue reviews the use of animal pathogens and zoonotic agents as bioweapons. More specifically, it examines their use throughout history, explores current disease trends and threats and evaluates the use of animals as sentinels for early detection of outbreaks affecting animals and/or humans, whether the outbreaks be of natural, accidental or deliberate origin.

In addition, it looks at the potential impacts of animal pathogens, including zoonotic agents, on economies, social unrest, food security, and public health. It reviews current frameworks for an international response to a biological event and explores current United Nations mechanisms for response to an alleged use of biological agents. This volume also explores technological advances for early detection, surveillance, and response to a disease event. It concludes by discussing systems for strengthening global biosecurity and resilience and considering methods of ensuring the sustainability of these systems.



Biological Threat Reduction

Proceedings of the first OIE Global Conference on Biological Threat Reduction

Paris, France, 30 June–2 July 2015
ISBN 978-92-95108-49-3
29.7 x 21 cm, 186 pp.
Ref.: A 245, Price: 30 €
In English
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: The first OIE Global Conference on Biological Threat Reduction was organised in close collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), to put biological threat reduction on the agenda of Veterinary Services in the OIE Member Countries; strengthen links between the health and security community by engaging key partners in public health, animal health and the security sector; promote international human and animal health frameworks as a key to reducing biological threats; and develop a road map focused on enhancing and coordinating existing mechanisms for outreach and the strengthening of health systems.

These proceedings include presentations from 32 speakers, including representatives of international organisations, national governments, policy and decision makers, OIE Reference Centers and donors as well as experts on sciences and economic applied studies.




Biological disasters of animal origin
The role and preparedness of veterinary and public health services

Scientific and Technical Review
Vol. 25 (1), 2006
ISBN 92-9044-661-7
29.7 x 21 cm, 461 pp.
Ref.: R25(1), Price: 60 €
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: M. Hugh-Jones; Ed
It is the efficiency with which we plan for and confront traditional and emerging disease outbreaks that will predict our ability and confidence in tackling intentional outbreaks if, when, and where they occur. This means that planning and training must depend on valid models. To prevent public panic, communications must be transparent. Laboratory support must be able to respond to surge demands as well as forensic investigations. These and other crucial dimensions such as compliance of Veterinary Services with OIE standards, early detection and rapid response to outbreaks are covered by recognized experts in this publication.

Open Access free documents:

Biological Threat Reduction Strategy
October 2015
29.7 x 21 cm, 8 pp.

In meeting its mandate to improve animal health, veterinary public health, and animal welfare worldwide, the OIE takes the threat posed by accidental and deliberate release of animal pathogens very seriously. The OIE’s strategy for bio-threat reduction focuses on strengthening, enhancing, and developing cross-links between existing health and security systems.


Bulletin No. 3, 2015

Reducing biological threats thanks to resilient animal health systems


Biological Threat Reduction factsheet



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Organised with the financial support from the WMD Threat Reduction Program - Global Affairs Canada; the European Union; the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; and the United States Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The OIE would also like to thank the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for their significant support in organising this conference.