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2. One health: The interface between veterinary and human health
Kshitiz Shrestha, Krishna Prasad Acharya and Sujan Shrestha
International Journal of One Health, 4: 8-14

Kshitiz Shrestha: Department of Veterinary Medicine, Kasetsart University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand.
Krishna Prasad Acharya: Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Pokhara, Nepal.
Sujan Shrestha: National Academy of Medical Science, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.

doi: 10.14202/IJOH.2018.8-14

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Article history: Received: 12-12-2017, Accepted: 08-01-2018, Published online: 29-01-2018

Corresponding author: Kshitiz Shrestha


Citation: Shrestha K, Acharya KP, Shrestha S. One health: The interface between veterinary and human health. Int J One Health 2018;4:8-14.

One Health is an emerging global key concept integrating human and animal health through international research and policy. The complex relationships between the human and animal have resulted in a human-animal-environment interface since prehistorical times. The people, animals, plants, and the environment are so intrinsically linked that prevention of risks and the mitigation of effects of crises that originate at the interface between humans, animals, and their environments can only improve health and wellbeing. The "One Health" approach has been successfully implemented in numerous projects around the world. The containment of pandemic threats such as avian influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome within months of outbreak are few examples of successful applications of the One Health paradigm. The paper begins with a brief overview of the human-animal interface and continues with the socio-economic and public health impact caused by various zoonotic diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome, Influenza, and Ebola virus. This is followed by the role of "One Health" to deal the global problem by the global solution. It emphasizes the interdisciplinary collaboration, training for health professionals and institutional support to minimize global health threats due to infectious diseases. The broad definition of the concept is supposed to lead multiple interpretations that impede the effective implementation of One Health approach within veterinary profession, within the medical profession, by wildlife specialists and by environmentalists, while on the other side, it gives a value of interdisciplinary collaboration for reducing threats in human-animal-environment interface.

Keywords: emerging infectious diseases, one health, viral zoonoses


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