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Call for human factors to be considered in animal disease outbreaks

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THE role of human beings in animal disease is often ignored, and the human dimension of disease outbreaks needs to be taken into account if the work of scientists is to be translated effectively into policy.

So says an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the universities of Lancaster and Liverpool, who examined three animal diseases – foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza and cryptosporidiosis – as part of a project funded by the UK Research Councils' Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU).

In a report published on RELU's website (,.uk), they argue that …

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