Merger of Human and Veterinary Emergency Forces Strengthens the Fight Against Disease Outbreaks – University of Copenhagen

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07 September 2017

Merger of Human and Veterinary Emergency Forces Strengthens the Fight Against Disease Outbreaks

NEW EMERGENCY FORCE

In 2020 Statens Serum Institut and the University of Copenhagen will take over the veterinary emergency force. According to Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby, this opens up new possibilities for preventing and fighting diseases from a One Health perspective, because many bacteria and diseases transfer to humans from the environment and animals.


Beginning in 2020, together Statens Serum Institut (SSI) and the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) will be responsible for advising the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and for making diagnoses in connection with the outbreak of dangerous livestock diseases. SSI and UCPH will also do research into animal diseases that may transfer to humans. This became clear after the government chose SSI and UCPH to take over the veterinary emergency force from the Technical University of Denmark. The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) at UCPH will have the primary responsibility for providing research-based counselling, while SSI will have the primary responsibility for laboratory-based diagnostics and counselling.

Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby is happy that SSI and UCPH won the task in a consortium and thus from 2020 will be responsible for the combined veterinary and human emergency force adopting the so-called One Health perspective, which focusses on the interaction between animals, foods and humans.

’It is about adopting an overall approach to the health of both animals and humans. The reason why this is important is that many of the infections we get originate from animals. So if we want to have the foresight to prevent infections among humans, we also have to monitor the infections found in animals – this will give us a head start. This also strengthens the fight against antibiotic resistance. We are getting one Danish emergency force, which may prove of vital importance to the health of both humans and animals and to our export’, says Ellen Trane Nørby.

Read more on the ministry’s website (in Danish)