Health: Zoonoses

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Wade of Chorlton Lord Wade of Chorlton Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor, detect and control zoonoses in the future.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Sound national surveillance is in place for the monitoring and detection of zoonotic disease of public health significance, and this surveillance will continue under the new public health structures.

In addition, a number of zoonotic infections are compulsorily notifiable or reportable under veterinary and/or human health legislation in Great Britain, and under the EU Zoonoses Directive 2003/99/EC member states are statutorily required to collect relevant and, where applicable, comparable data on zoonoses, zoonotic agents, antimicrobial resistance and food-borne outbreaks.

With regards to controlling outbreaks of zoonoses, the Health Protection Agency has issued guidelines for the investigation of zoonotic disease, and works closely with the Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Food Standards Agency, the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and Animal Health to ensure that outbreaks are controlled.

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