Zoonotic Disease


The interface between humans, animals, and the environments we share can be a source of diseases impacting public health and the social and economic well-being of the world population. Transmissible from animals to humans through direct contact or through food, water, and the environment, zoonotic diseases include rabies, salmonella, and the Zika virus.

Improvements in early warning and detection, timely data sharing, laboratory testing, and joint outbreak response capacities in the human, animal health and wildlife sectors will create and strengthen the mechanisms necessary to effectively detect and respond to emerging zoonotic threats, and thereby enhance global health security.


This Action Package seeks to implement guidance and models on behaviours, policies, and practices to minimize the spill over, spread, and full emergence of zoonotic disease into or out of human populations proper to the development of efficient human-to-human transmission.

Strategic Objectives

  • Improve national, regional and global cooperation and collaboration in prevention, detection and control of zoonotic diseases;
  • Strengthen and maintain the human resource and technical capacities of animal, human and wildlife health services to support zoonotic diseases prevention, detection, and response activities;
  • Establish and strengthen coordination, communication, multi-sectoral engagement, and information sharing among member countries involved in the ZDAP.