Infection Ecology and Epidemiology Journal [Sweden], Tuesday 4 February 2014 Infection Ecology and Epidemiology (2014) 4: 20710 -   A need for One Health approach — lessons learned from outbreaks of Rift Valley fever in Saudi Arabia and Sudan   Osama Ahmed Hassan, BSc, MSc1,2,3, Clas Ahlm, MD, PhD2 and Magnus Evander, PhD3 1Department of Epidemiology and Diseases Control, Public Health Institute, Federal Ministry of Health, Khartoum, Sudan; 2Department of Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Umea University, Umea, Sweden; 3Department of Clinical Microbiology, Virology, Umea University, Umea, Sweden   “Introduction: Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an emerging viral zoonosis that impacts human and animal health. It is transmitted from animals to humans directly through exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues of infected animals or via mosquito bites. The disease is endemic to Africa but has recently spread to Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Our aim was to compare two major outbreaks of RVF in Saudi Arabia (2000) and Sudan (2007) from a One Health perspective.”   “Conclusion: We conclude that a One Health approach is the best option to mitigate outbreaks of RVF. Collaboration between veterinary, health, and environmental authorities both on national and regional levels is needed.”   SEE FULL TEXT: PDF