One Health: People, Animals and the Environment

One Health: People, Animals and the Environment


In this book editors Ronald M. Atlas and Stanley Maloy have compiled 20 chapters written by interdisciplinary experts that present core concepts, compelling evidence, successful applications, and the remaining challenges of One Health approaches to thwarting the threat of emerging infectious disease.  It is a valuable resource for physicians, veterinarians, environmental scientists, microbiologists, public health workers and policy makers, and others who want to understand the interdependence of human, animal, and ecosystem health.

One Health—the interdisciplinary approach that considers the fundamental connections between human, animal, and ecosystem health—is critical for the future control of infectious diseases.

One Health is a global strategy that represents a paradigm shift in how we must respond to the threat of infectious diseases. Rather than identifying and treating infections in isolation, One Health focuses on a collaborative, holistic surveillance of the environment, animals, and humans to predict an outbreak of disease before it happens. This approach accelerates biomedical advances by integrating environmental, veterinary, and human medical science in understanding the development and transmission of infectious diseases.

Topics included in this book:

  • the interconnectedness of human and animal pathogens
  • emerging diseases in animals and humans
  • case histories of notable recent zoonotic infections, including West Nile virus, hantavirus, Lyme disease, SARS, and Salmonella
  • epidemic zoonoses and corresponding environmental factors
  • insight into the mechanisms of microbial evolution toward pathogenicity
  • causes behind the emergence of antibiotic resistance
  • new technologies and approaches for public health disease surveillance
  • political and bureaucratic strategies for promoting the global acceptance of One Health
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