One Health Publications

The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What’s Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again

June 22, 2020

“ … Disease as a social pathology

Horton foresees political parties actively recruiting more scientists, if only to meet the demands of a changed public. “Publics will no long view disease as a pathology of the body,” he predicts. “We will see disease as a pathology of society.” Medicine and other sciences will change as well, adopting the concept of “One Health” — that the health of humans and that of animals are linked. Universal health care will be not just a nice idea for rich countries, but a matter of self-preservation for rich and poor alike: “My health depends on your health. Your health depends on my health. We cannot escape one another.”

How we are to achieve a pandemic-proof society is up to us. But Richard Horton has pointed the way, and if we fail we will have no one to blame but ourselves.”

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Response to COVID-19: Venerable Health Institutions Make Mistakes

June 18, 2020

“Yes, venerable health institutions make mistakes…The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in health institutions that traditionally are looked to for hard information and guidance. …”

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We live in One World. It’s time to talk about One Health. Inspiring the next generation to see the world as one

June 15, 2020

The Passion behind
One Health lessons

Meeting the global need. One classroom at a time.

Dr. Deborah Thomson develops One Health lessons for children ages 6 to 18 so that they can understand the inextricable connection between human health and the health of animals and the environment.

She is passionate about the science field and has taught her One Health lessons in underserved public schools and online. Based on teacher feedback, she has inspired over 1,000 children to consider a future in science. Her lessons have been taught internationally.

Besides developing student lessons (which are delivered virtually or in the classroom), she is a veterinarian, a science policy advisor, a first responder, an award-winning public speaker and musician, and an overall One Health advocate.

Before becoming a veterinarian, she taught music in a primary school and was a full-time instructor of English Language Learners between the ages of 11 and 65. Throughout veterinary school and for years after graduation, she never lost her passion for teaching children. With these lessons, she combines her two passions: One Health and primary/secondary school education.

A special thanks goes to Dr. Kyle Novak, mathematician and member of the Noun Project, who designed the One Health Lessons logo.

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Animal Vaccination Concerns: Vaccine-Associated Autoimmune and Other Diseases

June 12, 2020


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Applying the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) to medical, veterinary and dual degree Master of Public Health (MPH) students at a private medical institution

June 11, 2020

Provided by:

Rohini R. Roopnarine DVM M.Phil, EdD (Higher Ed.),MRCVS 

Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine,
and Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health,School of Medicine,
St George’s University,
True Blue Campus, P.O.Box 7,
Grenada, West Indies.
Tel:444-4175 ext 3678


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Veterinary labs continue to support COVID-19 testing

June 10, 2020

 … “Recently published research shows that nonhuman primates, cats, ferrets, and gold hamsters can be experimentally infected with COVID-19 and spread the infection to animals of the same species in laboratory settings,” said Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh, director of the CDC One Health Office and lead for the agency’s COVID-19 One Health Working Group, speaking on the Zoonoses and One Health Update call.

“Of note, pigs, chickens, and a duck did not become infected, based on the results of these studies.”

Dr. Behravesh explained that the findings come from a small number of animals and don’t indicate whether the animals can spread the infection to people.

There’s no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is present in U.S. wildlife, including bats, she said. Also, it isn’t clear whether the new coronavirus would sicken North American bat species.

“It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations,” Dr. Behravesh said. “At this time, there is no evidence animals play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2.

“Based on limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered low.”

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Dogs Could Be Early Warning System for Human Health

June 8, 2020

“ … Humans spend incredible amounts of time with their dogs—that’s especially true right now,” said Matthew Breen, professor of comparative oncology genetics at NC State and corresponding author of the paper. “If we develop ways to correlate dog disease with their exposures over time, it may give human-health professionals the opportunity to mitigate these exposures for both species. This study reinforces the concept of One Health, demonstrating that in addition to being our closest animal companions, our dogs truly are a sentinel species for health.”


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One health, one world: Vital role of working equines emphasised

June 8, 2020

“Today we are all in no doubt that there is One Health and One World. Recent climate and human health events show the consequences of business as usual. We recognise our partnership with animals and the planet needs to be rebalanced.”

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Is It Safe to Return to Offices? How to Resume Work During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 5, 2020

Jun 4, 2020

Federal guidelines have been released to help employers keep offices as safe as possible, but there are a few risks you should know beforehand.

“ … The full set of CDC guidelines for offices can be found here, but it’s up to employers to perfectly adapt them in their own spaces — and that’s not an easy feat, says Aileen Maria Marty, M.D., an infectious disease professor at Florida International University’s College of Medicine and co-editor-in-chief of journal One Health. “The needs and risks apparent in a smaller office supporting six or seven administrative roles is vastly different than a vast office that might support hundreds of workers in a physical capacity, or those who need to meet face to face constantly,” she explains. If you’re wondering how the CDC guidelines may apply to you, Dr. Marty reviews the most apparent risks in a shared, enclosed office space of any kind — plus a few steps you can take to reduce your risk. …”

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From SARS to COVID-19: A previously unknown SARS- related coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) of pandemic potential infecting humans – Call for a One Health approach

June 5, 2020


Human coronaviruses continue to pose a threat to human health. The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in December 2019 which causes coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), an acute respiratory disease marked the third introduction of a highly pathogenic coronavirus into the human population in the twenty-first century. This recent emergence of a previously unknown coronavirus in China leads to huge impacts on humans globally. Covid-19 is a challenge to global public health. Here, we discuss the COVID-19 outbreak in a one health context, highlighting the need for the implementation of one health measures and practices to improve human health and reduce the emergence of pandemic viruses. ”

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Food safety is everyone’s business, now and in the future’ – celebrating World Food Safety Day 2020

June 4, 2020


“… EFSA’s Executive Director, Bernhard Url, said: “For World Food Safety Day 2020 we want to focus on three important features of the EU food safety system – implementing a One Health approach, sustainable food systems and the shared responsibility of food safety. …”

EFSA supports implementing a “One Health” approach because it improves food safety. …”

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Online meeting for European food safety project

June 4, 2020

Editor’s note: This article, Part 2 of 2, summarizes oral and poster presentations from a three-day  meeting of the One Health European Joint Program.

A European project involving foodborne zoonoses research held its annual meeting virtually recently because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second annual scientific meeting of the One Health European Joint Program (OHEJP) on foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats was planned for Prague in the Czech Republic, but the outbreak meant the in-person part was cancelled.

Organizers decided to host the meeting online with oral and poster presentations. Read part one of this article summarizing these presentations from the three-day event.

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Animal Doctor: Opportunities and probabilities post-coronavirus pandemic

June 4, 2020

“ …  A final thought on the topic: “There is always a silver lining in every cloud, and for COVID-19, I think it just might be a quantum leap for the One Health philosophy.” — Craig N. Carter, DVM, MS, Ph.D.; professor of epidemiology in the Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky.”

Note: Dr. Carter is President of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) and a member of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH ▪ Thomas M. Yuill, PhD ▪ Helena J. Chapman, MD, MPH, PhD ▪ Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD, Becky Barrentine, MBA

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Animal medicine might play a crucial role in developing the sought-after coronavirus vaccine

June 3, 2020

“It is thanks to work in animal health and veterinary science that we know first of all that coronavirus vaccines are achievable”


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