Last updated : 20 Oct 2021

Neglected Parasitic Zoonoses

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Introduction

Neglected Parasitic Zoonoses (NPZs) are diseases caused by parasites such as taenia solium, trichinella, echinococcus and fasciola. These diseases are naturally transmitted from vertebrate animals to humans and vice-versa. Managing them requires integrated approaches and the application of veterinary science.

NPZ diseases are often forgotten or overlooked because they:

  • cause mild, chronic or no disease in animals
  • economic losses might not be evident
  • primarily affect the most vulnerable and marginalised communities

Control and prevention of these diseases requires intersectoral collaboration among public health, animal health, food safety and WASH sectors.

FAO-OIE-WHO are collaborating to support their Member countries and territories on their control and prevention efforts by developing various tools and bringing relevant sectors together.

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