One Health Publications

Denmark to cull its mink population over fears a mutated strain of COVID-19 infected humans

November 9, 2020

Key points:

  • Denmark to cull its mink to control the risk of human COVID-19 transmission
  • Virus strains in mink and humans were found to be less sensitive to antibodies
  • The mutated strain could effect the development of an effective vaccine

“Thus, the mutated virus in minks can have devastating consequences worldwide.”

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How COVID Disrupts Education and Training of Physicians and Veterinarians

November 6, 2020

“… Need for a One Health Approach to Handling Pandemics 

Make no mistake, COVID-19 is only one of many such viruses and other pandemics are likely. A One Health approach calls for pulling together human, animal, and environmental factors to arrive at faster, better preventative and control modalities. As a result, fighting the likely impending onslaught of zoonotic pandemic diseases like COVID-19  now and in the future, requires giving far greater consideration to institutionalizing a OneHealth approach. And that includes establishing extensive education and collaborative research efforts between human and animal doctors.

The third component of the One Health, approach namely the environment, has also become a visible element of this aerosol COVID-19 pandemic and will become increasingly so in the future. It too requires heightened education and research funding attention.

Country and global leadership must proactively think and act holistically, dedicating resources to research and teaching in universities and at all institutions of higher learning, so that the interconnection between people, animals, [plants], and their shared environment is recognized—thus significantly contributing to our future well-being.  Indeed, as all One Health supporters and advocates know, One Health implementation will help protect and, for those who get sick, save untold millions of lives in our time and for future generations.”

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Bats, Ducks, and Pandemics: An Introduction to One Health Policy

November 6, 2020

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Planting sustainable seeds in young minds: the need to teach planetary health to children

November 6, 2020

The Lancet Planetary Health

” … Currently, several initiatives have started bringing planetary health to primary and secondary schools. In 2019, the Italian Government mandated education on climate change for children of all grades.

Meanwhile, an educational strategy programme based on One Health, developed by One Health Sweden, has been introduced into Swedish secondary schools.

In the USA, the Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense Center (Texas A&M University, TX) has been providing One Health modules to high schools in several states.

Co-convened by the One Health Commission and One Health Initiative, the International One Health for One Planet Education Initiative is leading the development of a global curriculum for One Health and wellbeing for all educational levels, including primary and secondary education. Additionally, One Health Lessons has developed teaching materials for students aged 6–18 years and beyond that focus on the relationship between the environment, animals, and humans. At the time of writing, these lessons are being translated into 50 languages that are spoken in 97 countries.  … “

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Putting One Health thinking at the heart of the European Green Deal

November 3, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has shown us why we need closer cooperation between veterinary and human health sectors, writes Roxane Feller.



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What Is One Health?

November 1, 2020

Forbes Logo Vector

“The connection between human health and wild animals has been demonstrated on an unprecedented and global scale with the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes Covid-19. SARS-CoV-2 is closely related to coronaviruses commonly found in bats, but may have found its way to people through a pangolin intermediary.

This interconnectedness of the health of people, animals, and the environment is known as one health. 

But, one health is more than the acknowledgement of a fact. The CDC defines one health as a “collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach” aimed at “achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.” …”

Map of important emerging infectious diseases by Anthony Fauci from NIAID updated in 2017

*Map of important emerging infectious diseases by Anthony Fauci from NIAID updated in 2017 –  US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (HTTPS://WWW.NIAID.NIH.GOV/SITES/DEFAULT/FILES/MAIN%20MAP.JPG)


*Note: Map produced by Thomas P. Monath, MD circa 2008 

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Farm antibiotic sales continue to fall across Europe and United Kingdom

October 31, 2020

“… “While the use of antibiotics in food production is not the main driver of antibiotic-resistant infections in people, it can be a contributing factor. Any use of an antibiotic has the potential to create resistance and, as part of a One Health approach, we all have a duty to protect the efficacy of medical and veterinary antibiotics by reducing, refining or replacing use.” …”

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COVID and the Armed Forces: No Clear Cut Rules

October 30, 2020

“The pandemic currently spreading across the globe is not slowing but accelerating. COVID-19 has become a factor for national and global security with few equals in modern history. If morbidity and mortality rates continue to rise along the present trajectory, it is likely that many countries will be looking to their armed forces to engage in the response. …”



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COVID was just one—there could be 850,000 other animal viruses in the zoonotic pipeline

October 30, 2020

by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

“Future pandemics will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, do more damage to the world economy and kill more people than COVID-19 unless there is a transformative change in the global approach to dealing with infectious diseases, warns a major new report on biodiversity and pandemics by 22 leading experts from around the world. …”

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One Health Week to be held virtually this year

October 30, 2020

The One Health Day is an international campaign dedicated to the goal of bringing attention around the world to the need for One Health interactions and for the world to ‘see them in action. As a way to worked towards this goal, the UConn Students for One Health are holding their second annual One Health Week. Photo courtesy of One Heath Platform website.





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Experts say there will be more pandemics—but you can prepare now

October 30, 2020

“… One Health is an international initiative based around the idea that environmental health, veterinary health, and human health are inextricably linked. Scientists hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to breaking down the barriers between these different disciplines, resulting in faster and more effective identification of potential pandemics. …”


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Delaware Valley University to Celebrate One Health Week

October 30, 2020

Delaware Valley University. Delaware Valley University will celebrate One Health Week to raise awareness about the interconnectedness of the well-being of people and society, the environment and plants, and animals.

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