The social costs of avian influenza and other animal diseases
In 2016, the World Organisation for Animal Health stated that 101 out of 116 surveyed countries had reported having major animal disease outbreaks since the year 2000. Over 350 outbreaks were reported, with over a quarter being avian influenza.
This report is an analysis of scientific studies and reports on the impacts of avian influenza and other notable zoonoses on society. It explores the link between low animal welfare standards and public health - highlighting how the financial and societal impacts of these outbreaks should not be ignored - and outlines the steps that need to be taken to prevent the ongoing infectious disease crisis affecting both animals and humans.