One Health Explained
One Health recognizes that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected. After all, approximately 75% of new emerging human infections have their origin in zoonotic agents, meaning that they are naturally transmitted from animals to humans. Ebola, HIV, dengue and MERS CoV are but some of the most recent infectious agents that have moved from animals to humans, with a devastating impact on public health. Therefore health science professionals, key opinion leaders and public health officials need to work together to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife, and our environment.