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CALLISTO debutes at the General Session of the World Organisation for Animal Health, this week in Paris.

The think tank on zoonoses transmittable by companion animals will be presented tomorrow at the 178 delegates of the Member Countries and to the representatives of international and regional organisations, and a huge number of stakeholders will be informed on CALLISTO goals and activities.

Meanwhile, the Expert Advisory Groups that represent the project strength, are continuing their work. About 40 internationally acknowledged scientists, researchers, experts from competent authorities, are reviewing the existing knowledge and technological gaps in the management and prevention of the most impacting zoonoses transmitted by companion animals.

The seven groups are working on the different aspects, from policy actions to parasitic, bacterial and viral infections, from epidemiology to social and animal welfare issues.

The preliminary information will be available in the next months and they will be officially presented next October in the first CALLISTO conference, but it is important now, that the various stakeholders start feeling this initiative as an opportunity to address needs and challenges.

The technical item presented at the OIE, this year, was dedicated to "One Health" and now more then ever the unique approach to human/animal diseases is felt as a priority. CALLISTO is intended to support not only scientists but also policy and decision makers in managing those zoonoses that may originate from the close relationship existing between human beings and companion animals. And, last but not least, CALLISTO wants to help citizens to establish safe and appropriate relationships with their animals.