BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 December 2007, 17:02 GMT
'Avian flu' study centre opened
A centre to research animal-borne diseases that can be transmitted to humans, such as bird flu and SARS, has opened at the University of Liverpool.

Experts at the Leahurst campus in Wirral will investigate Zoonoses - diseases that originate in animals but can infect humans.

About two-thirds of all human infections are transmitted from animals, the university said.

The research will concentrate on how to manage such diseases.

'Emerging diseases'

This will include tackling the problem of resistance to antibiotics and how to manage major outbreaks.

Professor Malcolm Bennett, Veterinary Pathologist and Co-Director of the centre, said: "Diseases such as SARS and avian flu are examples of new and emerging zoonotic diseases that hit the headlines.

"Rabies, for example, still kills more than 50,000 people every year, mainly in developing countries, while closer to home, most cases of food poisoning are also caused by zoonoses."

"While many people associate zoonoses with wild or farm animals, pets can also be sources of important human infections, sometimes even with fatal consequences."

SEE ALSO
'Human-to-human' bird flu fears
07 Dec 07 |  Health
Store withdraws organic turkeys
07 Dec 07 |  England

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific