‘One Health’ aims to integrate animal & human health issues

By Jon H. Harsch, AgriPulse

USDA’s policy advisor for H1N1 pandemic issues, Doug O’Brien, told the “One Health
Summit” in Washington, DC Nov. 17 that the key to the “One Health” approach is that it
“recognizes the importance of controlling certain human diseases at their source that is
sometimes in animals.”

Other speakers at the summit held at the National Academy of Sciences noted that in
today’s interconnected world, microbes “move nearly at the speed of e-mail” and
increasingly move between animals and humans. As reported by the One Health
Commission formed last June, the result is more zoonotic diseases (diseases that animals
pass to humans such as rabies), including diseases that move back and forth between
humans and animals such as the H5N1 avian flu and today’s H1N1 flu.

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