Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations   FAO and Max Planck Institute take on species-swapping diseases     Focus on interactions between wild animals, livestock, and human populations to reduce risks, strengthen responses  “... FAO is moving forward with the ‘One Health approach ...” 30 May 2011, Rome - FAO and the German Max Planck Institute are joining forces to study species-swapping diseases that move back and forth between wild animals and domestic livestock and, in some cases, jump to human victims.In todays interconnected world, population growth, modern transportation and increased global trade in animals and animal products have vastly accelerated the spread of zoonoses - species jumping diseases - capable of wreaking major impacts on farmers livelihoods and human health alike. A/H1N1 swine flu and the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza are but two recent examples.  ...  “This is why FAO is moving forward with the ‘One Health approach that emphasizes a multidisciplinary collaboration in solving challenging health issues arising from the livestock-wildlife-human-ecosystem interfaces -- working closely with partners like the Max Planck Institute, ...   Read complete article at