World Zoonoses Day on 6 July raises awareness of zoonotic diseases. The date is linked to a scientific breakthrough when French biologist Louis Pasteur successfully invented and administered the first vaccination against a zoonotic disease in 1885. The disease was rabies.
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Respiratory disease generally refers to a disease whose symptoms include mainly the respiratory tract, which starts with the nose and ends with the lungs. It remains the costliest disease in the form of both mortalities and/or poor health.
Biosecurity is critical for everyone involved in livestock production. It’s especially important considering the contribution of agriculture to livelihoods in South Africa. It’s also widely reported that more than 70% of the world’s poorest countries rely on livestock for survival.