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Collaborative One Health (OH) approaches that integrate the formulation, funding, implementation, and governance of control policies involving human, animal, and wildlife populations are essential for effective detection and control of zoonotic diseases. Increased interfacing of humans and animals with urbanisation and human activity has created more opportunities for interaction with vectors and animals that have yet to be explored.
Endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases threaten unprepared societies alike. In the past decade, several novel virus outbreaks of zoonotic origin, such as SARS-CoV-2, MERS-CoV and Ebola virus, affected countries regionally and globally. Epidemics of vector-borne diseases also devastated many countries worldwide, especially in endemic countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Effective zoonotic diseases control requires an all-encompassing, multi-disciplinary approach from animal/vector health surveillance, vector control, pathogen detection, field-environmental epidemiology, to human health surveillance, disease diagnosis, infection control, prevention and education. Yet, limited emphasis and investment has been placed on how research programmes can be effectively integrated and translated into the operational aspects of One Health to guide policies and strategies.
OH research is a multidisciplinary field concerning human health, domestic animal health, wildlife health, ecological, environmental, sociological, entomological and others. Results of such studies can be interpreted together and translated into the design of integrated approaches to zoonotic disease control.
The One Health Symposium is organized as an integrative research platform to gather more interest in OH research and strengthen sector partnerships. In doing so, emphasize the importance of an integrative OH research approach to prevent, detect and contain disease outbreaks effectively.