ECDC agrees with Eurogroup’s report on health risks from new companion animals
Posted on 16/11/2011
Director of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Marc Sprenger, agrees with Eurogroup’s report on health risk from new companion animals.
In a letter sent to Eurogroup for Animals this week, he confirms that infectious disease risks linked to the import of exotic animals should not be neglected, emphasising on Salmonella infections from reptiles.
This report illustrates the high risk of zoonoses from wild animals kept as pets. With an ever growing number of these animals imported, sold and kept in the EU the threat of disease increases and prevention policies are becoming urgent.
To read the letter and download the report, please follow the links here below.