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.
"We were 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."