The ability to control animal diseases, whether occurring naturally or deliberately, will depend on the early detection and rapid response capacity of Veterinary Services regarding outbreaks. OIE is the reference intergovernmental organisation for animal health, which develops standards that are democratically adopted by its 173 Members. These standards include minimum requirements for quality and efficiency of national Veterinary Services such as human and financial resources, technical authority and capacity, as well as transparency of the national sanitary situation. Their implementation by all countries makes an essential contribution to preventing and responding to bioterrorism attacks, keeping in mind that 80% of pathogenic agents having a potential bioterrorist use are zoonotic (diseases transmissible to animals and humans).
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