Emergence of zoonoses has been demonstrated to be influenced by changes in behavioural practices, socio-economical, environmental and ecological circumstances. The emergence of zoonotic pathogens is thus driven by both biological and anthropogenic factors. Hence, a multi-disciplinary and transboundary approach is required to understand, predict, and intervene in the emergence of zoonoses. This project meets this need by bringing together Wageningen University and Research scientists from different disciplines.
The goal of this project is to identify control points and to provide effective measures to prevent the emergence of zoonoses. Results so far are schematic diagrams that show the relationship between different factors and their interference for Lyme disease, rabies (in South America) and Q fever. From these specific diagrams we generated a generic diagram that can be useful to identify control points and predict emergence of zoonoses. With a behavioural economic framework and stakeholder analysis ways to influence the emergence of zoonoses via the control points are explored.