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Can Vet J. 2010 June; 51(6): 561.
PMCID: PMC2871347

New H1N1 influenza virus infection: Focus on humans and animals interface — A comment

Dear Sir,

I read the recent publication by van der Meer et al (1) with great interest. van der Meer et al discussed the new H1N1 influenza virus focusing on the “interface of humans and animals.” Indeed, the present pandemic H1N1 influenza virus is the present global public health concern. There is no doubt that there may be some H1N1 viruses, which are not yet discovered, that can infect both humans and animals and can result in a very large pandemic among humans and animals around the world. There is an urgent need to set up a system for surveillance and control of circulation of the influenza virus among humans and animals. How to cut the possible interface between humans and animals is a problem that requires a multidisciplinary approach to arrive at an answer. Lloyd-Smith et al (2) said in Science that, “Progress in understanding and combating zoonoses requires a new generation of models that addresses a broader set of pathogen life histories and integrates across host species and scientific disciplines.”

References

1. van der Meer FJ, Orsel K, Barkema HW. The new influenza A H1N1 virus: Balancing on the interface of humans and animals. Can Vet J. 2010;51:56–62. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
2. Lloyd-Smith JO, George D, Pepin KM, et al. Epidemic dynamics at the human-animal interface. Science. 2009;326:1362–1367. [PubMed]

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