The risk of zoonotic infections in Vietnam
Vietnam has been an epicenter of zoonotic (animal to human) disease emergence over the last decade, which has been driven by some of the highest densities of human and animal populations in Southeast Asia. The fact that approximately 50% of the Vietnamese population live in rural areas and participate in small-scale, or backyard, farming practices exacerbates this process. Professor Stephen Baker, a molecular microbiologist, and his team at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) Ho Chi Minh City have led the 5-year VIZIONS project (Vietnam Initiative on Zoonotic Infections) which established a system of surveillance for diseases of unknown origins in hospital patients and create a system to sample wild animals at several rural sites throughout Vietnam. This work has highlighted that there is no “one size fits all” for this type of disease emergence and that whilst global health systems are improving we are poorly prepared for the next big outbreak.
This event is in association with BBC World Service and follows collaborations and topics of interest associated with the exhibition ‘Flat Sunlight’ by artist Lena Bui, which took place at The Factory in 2016.
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