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Coronavirus- Pandemic emphasizes necessity of "One Health" approaches


The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which is currently paralysing the world, has passed from animals to humans and is now spreading across the globe through human-to-human transmission. Such zoonotic events are not uncommon. About two thirds of all new infectious diseases originate from animals. This fact makes it obvious that the prevention and control of these infectious diseases can only be achieved through the cooperation of various disciplines. For only with a "One Health" approach can the complex interrelationships of animal, human and environmental health be taken into account and thus effective and sustainable measures be taken. This opinion is held by more and more experts, as you can read in the following comments.


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Voices for "One Health" strategies

In an article published by KfW Entwicklungsbank, the importance of "one-health" approaches to the prevention and control of pandemics caused by zoonoses is emphasised. You can find the complete article here: 

In an article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), Dr. Donald Noah, a veterinary epidemiologist, advocates a "One Health" research approach to the prevention and control of zoonoses, the full article can be found here:


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