One Health Publications

Impact of interventions on the incidence of natural focal diseases during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Jiangsu Province, China

September 20, 2021

Research Open Access Published: 19 September 2021


During the period of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, strong intervention measures, such as lockdown, travel restriction, and suspension of work and production, may have curbed the spread of other infectious diseases, including natural focal diseases. In this study, we aimed to study the impact of COVID-19 prevention and control measures on the reported incidence of natural focal diseases (brucellosis, malaria, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome [HFRS], dengue, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome [SFTS], rabies, tsutsugamushi and Japanese encephalitis [JE]).


Interventions for COVID-19 may help control the epidemics of natural focal diseases in Jiangsu Province. The reported incidence of natural focal diseases, especially malaria and dengue, decreased during the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. COVID-19 prevention and control measures had the greatest impact on the reported incidence of natural focal diseases in males and people in the 20–60-year age group.

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September 17, 2021

Why Coastal People and Wildlife Likely to Face Greatest Natural Disasters and Biodiversity Losses – Excerpt from George Lueddeke’s Latest Book SURVIVAL

by George Lueddeke   September 17, 2021 in Climate ChangeEnvironmentPolitics & Foreign Affairs





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The One-Health Approach to Infectious Disease Outbreaks Control | IntechOpen

September 16, 2021

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The OneHealth Approach to Infectious Disease Outbreaks Control | IntechOpen

The OneHealth Approach to Infectious Disease Outbreaks Control. By Sima Ernest Rugarabamu. Submitted: June 2nd 2020Reviewed: December 23rd 2020 …

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$1.2 million to prevent future pandemics of animal origin

September 13, 2021

… “With wildlife the source of many emerging and zoonotic diseases, this funding boosts an international One Health approach to wildlife health management and risk mitigation.” …



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One Health Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Seropositivity among Pets in …

September 12, 2021

One Health Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Seropositivity among Pets in …

We conducted a One Health household transmission investigation to … erinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL), and USDA to conduct a One Health …

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A new strategy for health and sustainable development in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic [the key: a One Health Approach]

September 11, 2021

Published: September 09, 2021

“A clear understanding of the threat is needed. Like most emerging infectious diseases, including the continued challenge of antimicrobial resistance,

SARS-CoV-2 emerged at the interface between humans, animals, and the natural environment. The philosophy and approach of One Health, which sits at this interface, must become the focus of our attention.

This has implications for the way public health is organised at national level, where ministries of health are mostly totally separate from ministries of agriculture and environment. However, once SARS-CoV-2 jumped species it exploited the weaknesses in societies, impacting most on communities already disadvantaged. The pandemic has revealed new determinants of health, such as digital exclusion. And it highlighted the value of the many essential workers who contribute so much. The danger of those engaged in corruption and cyberattacks has also been evident during this pandemic. So the primary step is to create a new and comprehensive model of the determinants of health for the 21st century and implement the concept of One Health at all levels of society.”  

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Covid-19: “Health in all policies” will help protect world from future pandemics, says commission [includes One Health approach]

September 10, 2021

SEE: BMJ 2021; 374  (Published 10 September 2021)

“The health of humans, other animals, plants, and the environment must be considered together by all agencies and in all policies to protect the planet from a future pandemic, an independent commission has recommended.1

Although the idea of “one health”—which considers the effects on public health of activities such as deforestation, trade and consumption of wildlife, and international travel—is not a new one, said the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, it has not been widely adopted. …”


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In War with Zoonosis? Let it Affect No One!

September 9, 2021

September 8, 2021 by The Sting’s Team

Have you ever heard of integration? I’m sure you would have! It refers to the practice of bringing different entities into an integral whole. Integration in society has enabled citizens to respect other’s cultures and unite with each other to expand their horizons and so is integration important in healthcare fields. One health aims to collaborate with entities working at local, national, and international levels to achieve optimal health levels around the globe. It urges to break down barriers between animal health, environmental health, and human health to prevent outbreaks and contagious diseases. …”

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G20 Takes the Next Step in Making One Health a Priority — Groundbreaking Declaration of the G20 Ministers of Health in Preparation of the G20 Global Summit in October

September 7, 2021

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by Richard Seifman – Board Member, United Nations Association-National Capital Area

September 7, 2021 

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“The Declaration issued on September 6, 2021, in Rome Italy reads, in part, as follows (emphasis added): 

 “5. We call for continuity of concerted action towards a whole-of-government and whole-of-society response through good governance of health systems and immediate and medium-to-long term multi-sectoral actions […] through a health-in-all policies approach […] Principles of sustainability, inclusiveness, holistic vision, transparency, accountability, foresight, and equality and equity must be at the center of a governance transformation of health. Within this context, linkages between human and animal health, the effects across One Health related to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), food systems, and environmental health, including climate change, ecosystem degradation, increased encroachment into natural systems and loss of biodiversity should be addressed through the One Health approach, leveraging and relying upon the technical leadership and coordinating role of the WHO, FAO, OIE and UNEP. The COVID-19 response and recovery efforts offer an opportunity to move in this direction, in order to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all.”  …



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Mosquitos and Malaria the Greatest Serial Killers … Why We Aren’t Paying Enough Attention

September 1, 2021

Richard Seifman - Board Member, United Nations Association-National Capital Areaby Richard Seifman – Board Member, United Nations Association-National Capital Area

A clearer picture of the role of the mosquito in the malaria transmission cycle emerged only following the discovery of malaria parasites in the gut of Anopheles mosquitoes in India by Sir Ronald Ross on August 20, 1897.

Ross was awarded a Nobel prize for this mosquito-to-human malaria discovery. In essence, he was an early advocate of animal/human/environmental links, the concept of “One Health”, which increasingly is gaining recognition as fundamental to our wellbeing. For example, an August 2021 report by the International Scientific Task Force to Prevent Pandemics at the Source calls for leveraging investments in One Health and healthcare system strengthening to jointly advance conservation, animal and human health, and spillover prevention.

Climate change is also shrinking habitats and pushing animals on land and sea to move to new places, creating opportunities for pathogens to enter new hosts. All this calls for leveraging investments in healthcare system strengthening and in One Health.” 

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‘War and Peace’?

August 29, 2021

Why Armed Conflicts Rise and Democracy Declines – An Excerpt from George Lueddeke’s Lastest Book SURVIVAL

Editor’s Note: With the permission of Routledge, we are pleased to share excerpts of chapters from the book, Survival: One Health, One Planet, One Future (pub. 2019/2020). The first in the series is entitled “War and Peace” and focuses on the decline of democracy and the rise in armed conflicts. The author, George Lueddeke Ph.D., MEd, Dipl.AVES (Hon.), originally from Canada, now residing in the United Kingdom, is an education advisor in Higher, Medical and One Health education and leads the implementation of the international One Health for One Planet Education and Transdisciplinary Research initiative (1 HOPE-TD) across global regions in association with national and global organizations. Previous books by the author include Transforming Medical Education for the 21st Century: Megatrends, Priorities and Change and Global Population Health and Well-Being in the 21st Century: Toward New Paradigms, Policy and Practice.

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What an empty stomach means for the spread of West Nile virus

August 27, 2021

A recent study on American robins showed that birds that were starved for two days prior to infection developed heavier viral loads and longer infections when challenged with West Nile virus. Scientists used modeling to show that even if a small proportion of birds went hungry then it could have large effects on the number of infected mosquitoes in an area.

“ … This study suggests that One Health – the idea that a healthy environment and healthy animals facilitate healthy humans – is important for the control and management of West Nile virus in our changing world.”

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FAO supports response to highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in Côte d’Ivoire

August 27, 2021

Côte d’Ivoire

FAO supports response to highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in Côte d’Ivoire

“… The complexity of the drivers of infectious diseases that have such a widespread impact has added impetus to incorporating One Health principles, which promote a multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach to addressing the outbreaks. HPAI H5N1 continues to be reported in several countries, and the risk of the emergence of new outbreaks remains. …”

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