Disease surveillance: Virologist urges shift from human to animals

the rise in zoonotic diseases, a Virologist, Dr Solomon Chollom, wants disease surveillance and remote monitoring to shift human to animal hosts.

Chollom told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos, that zoonotic diseases were diseases transmitted to humans via contact.

He said such diseases also occur when infected were used for food, or when a human ingested an infected animal’s waste.

The virologist noted that zoonotic diseases were rapidly making head way among re-emerging diseases globally, adding that it was pertinent to promptly address the issue and curtail rise.

Chollom also noted that in urbanisation, tourism, human exploration, as well as contact between and humans, were contributing to the rise in zoonotic diseases.

“For zoonotic diseases to be tackled, there should be continuous wild life surveillance for and existing diseases.

“There is also the need to institute infection prevention and measures in wildlife parks.

“There is need to also laboratories with the capacity for disease diagnosis and genetic mapping for molecular mapping of genes of importance,’’ he said.

The virologist further called for the strengthening of research and vaccine , as well as mapping of forest, game reserve and parks. (NAN)