Agencies launch warning system for animal diseases

first_imgJul 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Three international health agencies announced yesterday the launch of a joint early warning system to allow a quicker response to animal diseases that can spread to humans (zoonoses).The system is designed to coordinate the tracking, verification, and alert mechanisms of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a press release yesterday from the three groups. Known as the Global Early Warning and Response System (GLEWS), the effort is a first in the fight against animal-to-human disease transmission, the agencies said.The groups said weaknesses in disease detection and response have contributed to the international spread of diseases of animal origin, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and avian influenza.”In such a context, the main expected outputs of GLEWS are better prediction and prevention of animal disease threats, through sharing of information, epidemiological analysis and joint field missions to assess and control outbreaks in animals and humans,” said Samuel Jutzi , director of the FAO’s Agriculture, Biosecurity, Nutrition and Consumer Protection Department. “That will lead to the development of improved coordinated response to emergencies worldwide.”GLEWS is a Web-based electronic platform that allows each organization to share its tracking and verification information, analyze the information, and decide if an early warning message is warranted, according to the release. The alert messages will describe the implications of transmission of an animal disease at the national, regional, and international levels, along with the possible public health impact. If the situation requires a joint assessment or intervention, the three organizations will coordinate their responses.See also:Jul 24 WHO press release on joint early warning system for animal-human diseaseslast_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018, Belgium vs England: Who will get the third spot?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Belgium and England will meet for the second time in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 as they compete for third place in Saint Petersburg in the hope of finishing the tournament on a high.Both sides suffered heartbreak in the semi-finals, with Belgium losing 1-0 to France, and England falling to an extra-time winner by Croatia in a 2-1 defeat. By reaching the semi-finals – for the first time since 1986 – the Red Devils have somewhat exceeded expectations this World Cup, and coming into this game have a record in Russia of 5 wins, 1 loss, whilst scoring an impressive 14 goals and conceding just six.England have also had a surprisingly good run this World Cup – their best for 28 years. Their record of 4 wins, 2 defeats (including extra-time and a penalty shootout), with 12 goals scored and six conceded, has been a decent return from such a young and inexperienced squad.Coincidentally, the Three Lions’ only loss during 90 minutes was to Belgium (1-0) during the group stages.England coach Gareth Southgate has dealt with similar feelings before when his and England’s dream were crushed by his penalty miss in the semi-final of Euro 96. In their last seven matches (in all competitions), England have the better Head-to-head record against Belgium (W3, D3, L1), but two of their last three World Cup matches against each other have gone to extra-time (1990 and 1954).Key battle: As long as they are not rested, England’s Harry Kane (six) and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (four) will both be looking to finish the WC with the much-coveted Golden Boot.Stat attack: The last four World Cup third-place play-off matches have ended with 3.0+ goals scored, including 4.0+ goals in three of those four.England have kept just one clean sheet from their six WC matches in Russia.Four of Belgium’s six World Cup matches in Russia have seen over 2.5 goals scored (total).The last two meetings between the sides have both finished 1-0 (one win each).Three out of Belgium’s six Russia 2018 matches and four of England’s six have seen both sides score.This tournament has been a rollercoaster ride for many teams as well as the fans and we could be in store for another one on Saturday. last_img read more