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US Ambassador lauds Cameroon’s fight against zoonotic diseases

Peter Henry Barlerin

Peter Henry Barlerin, new United States Ambassador to Cameroon, has commended Cameroon efforts in fighting against diseases transmitted from animals to humans, popularly known as zoonotic diseases.

The US diplomat was speaking Tuesday January 9,2018, after meeting with Dr Taiga, Cameroon’s Minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries. To him, Cameroon has made a lot of progress in rolling back the disease.

Zoonotic diseases are very common, both in the United States and around the world. Scientists estimate that more than 6 out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people are spread from animals, and 3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people are spread from animals. Every year, tens of thousands of Americans will get sick from harmful germs spread between animals and people.


To prevent the disease, health officials prescribe washing of hands right after being around animals. Going by them,  hand washing is one of the most important steps one can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

 

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