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Product title :

Veterinary urban hygiene: a challenge for India

Author(s) : B.B. Singh, S. Ghatak, H.S. Banga, J.P.S. Gill & B. Singh

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No. 20112013-00016-EN

India is confronted with many hygiene problems in urban areas that are related to animal populations. While some of these issues have been present for many years, others are only now emerging. A livestock census in 2003 and another in 2007 revealed that populations of crossbred cattle, goats and poultry are all increasing in urban areas, since this enables easy market access, which, in turn, reduces transportation costs and adds to profits. The canine population has increased along with the human population, largely due to a lack of control measures such as impounding stray animals and euthanasia. These increases in populations of both food-producing animals and stray animals in cities exacerbate such public health hazards as the transmission of zoonoses, vector-borne diseases, occcupational health hazards and environmental pollution, as well as compromising animal welfare. At present, public health hazards due to urban animal husbandry practices are considerably under-estimated.

Keywords

India – One Health – Urban hygiene – Veterinary urban hygiene.

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