New Jersey is the first state to legislate a task force to fight disease transmission from animals to people


28-Jul-2021 1:35 PM EDT, by Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Newswise — The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for scientists to address how humans, animals and the environment affect each other and to develop protocols to stop diseases from transmitting from animals to humans.

Last month, New Jersey became the first state to legislate a “One Health Task Force,” which promotes communication between state agencies and scientists who study human health, animal health and the earth sciences.

The law is based on the Rutgers One Health Steering Committee, which was started in 2016 by Gloria Bachmann, director of Women's Health Institute at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Amy Papi, a volunteer at the Women's Health Institute and Sona Jasani, an instructor at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Bachmann and NJ One Health steering committee member Dina Fonseca, director of the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology, discuss Rutgers’ role in establishing this state Task Force and how the One Health initiative will address emerging diseases. ...