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COMPANION animals play an integral role in human society, but may also pose risks with regard to the transmission of zoonotic infections to people, and also to farmed livestock. There are a range of policy and research actions that could be taken by the EU and/or national governments to further reduce the risks associated with this close integration of companion animals into human society.
These are among the conclusions reached by the CALLISTO consortium (Companion Animal multisectoriaL interprofessionaL and Interdisciplinary Strategic Think tank On zoonoses), which has recently published its final report following a three-year, EU-funded project investigating zoonotic diseases transmitted between companion animals and people and food-producing animals. The consortium comprised nine partners, including the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations and the University of Bristol. The objectives of the project, which ran as three cycles from 2012 to 2014, were: …