The House of Lords Intergovernmental Organisations
Committee inquiry has issued a report that says deadly diseases seem to be
cropping up almost on an annual basis.
It is generally expected that diseases like SARS or the
H5N1 bird flu could claim anything between two million and 50 million lives
across the globe.
The report said there was a need to put in place proper surveillance
systems to identify and treat such diseases in a timely manner.
"The last 100 years have seen great advances in
public health and disease control through the world, but globalization and
changes in lifestyles are giving rise to new infections and providing
opportunities for them to spread rapidly throughout the world," Committee
chairman Lord Soley said.
particularly concerned about the link with animal health. Three quarters of new
human infectious diseases start in animals," he added. "We urgently
need better surveillance systems to deal with this problem."