This report on the UN China One Health event (June 2011) is focusing on diseases at the human-animal-interface. ‘One Health’ and ‘Ecohealth’ are ways of thinking about, approaching and investigating diseases that go beyond the traditional pathogen-centric approach.

By examining the complex issues that result in disease emergence and transmission and this information can be used to implement better disease control and preventive measures.

One of the conclusions is that the rapid development in Asia means that the complex effects of changes to ecosystems not always have been discussed or examined in a way that takes account of the positive and negative effects of development.

For highly pathogenic avian influenza it has been important to understand how the disease emerged and spread so that appropriate measures could be implemented.

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