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USAID Celebrates International One Health Day

by Christin VanZant last modified Nov 13, 2017 07:40 PM
Contributors: USAID
On November 3, the world is celebrating international One Health Day. This year’s ongoing outbreak of Plague in Madagascar, the looming influenza season, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa remind us that human health is inextricably linked to both animal and environmental health. Through the One Health approach, multiple disciplines work together to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. When considering that 60 percent of existing human diseases are zoonotic in nature (originating in animals) and that nearly 75 percent of new and emerging diseases are caused by pathogens that originate from animals or animal byproducts, the rationale for a One Health approach is unquestionable.
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