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Published on Jan 5, 2010
Recent outbreaks of pandemic H1N1 (so-called "swine flu"), avian influenza H5N1 ("bird flu"), and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are examples of how zoonotic diseases -- those transmissible between humans and animals -- can threaten health and economies around the world. In this video, six members of the authoring committee of Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases, a report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, explain why responding to these diseases is so important and the steps they recommend to sustain global surveillance and response.