Meeting the Challenge of Zoonotic Emerging Infectious Diseases in Southeast Asia

The health of people, wildlife and domestic animals are inextricably linked. Of the 1 500 known pathogens, researchers estimate that 60% are capable of infecting both animals and humans (zoonotic), and of the 156 pathogens that are considered emerging, 73% have reached the human population through animals. Zoonotic emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) threaten the economic, social and political stability of populations, particularly in the developing world, where they are responsible for approximately 30% of all deaths.

Southeast Asia is a major hotspot due to rapid economic growth and associated changes in agricultural practices, ecosystems and social systems that are conducive to the emergence and spread of new diseases. Over one third of the world's EIDs have emerged there, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) or bird flu, and the Nipah virus.

This grant will allow the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in collaboration with research teams from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam, to address knowledge and management gaps in the control of EIDs in Southeast Asia.

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Start Date

Friday, February 22, 2008

End Date

Monday, October 28, 2013


48 months

IDRC Officer

Sanchez-Bain, Walter Andres

Total funding

CA$ 5,093,453


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Viet Nam, Thailand


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Delia Grace


International Livestock Research Institute

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