CAST publishes a special publication on “Zonoses in Animal Agriculture and Beyond: A One Health Perspective”

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The new Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) document, Zoonotic Diseases in Animal Agriculture and Beyond: A One Health Perspective, is now available for free download.

One Health brings together experts and thinkers in biomedicine and health, but goes much further to include animal, environmental, climate, social and behavioral sciences, agriculture, business, engineering and many other fields. Zoonotic diseases are animal diseases that infect humans and continue to afflict humanity and animal health and welfare. Some examples of zoonotic diseases that can be magnified by livestock and poultry include avian influenza, Nipah virus, and salmonella. More recently, coronaviruses have caused the SARS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and COVID-19 pandemics.

Because zoonoses emerge from the dynamic confluence of people, animals and their products, the environment, agriculture, wildlife, vectors, food, water, the use of antimicrobials and the evolution of ecosystems, experts and organizations must rethink and reinvent the means of integrating and coordinating their actions. These include adopting systems thinking, making new investments in prevention, improving public and animal health infrastructure and associated surveillance systems globally, building capacity and human skills and to merge communities and resources in the areas of One Health.

Dr. Larry Brilliant, a physician and epidemiologist, said epidemics are inevitable, but pandemics are optional. The difference lies in the appropriate and effective actions that need to be planned and implemented in the interrelated areas of One Health. This publication concludes with recommendations and potential actions to prevent the next zoonotic pandemic.

The special publication, Zoonotic Diseases in Animal Agriculture and Beyond: A One Health Perspective, can be downloaded from the CAST website. The free webinar will take place at Noon Central on Thursday, November 17. Dr. Lonnie J. King, Dean Emeritus of The Ohio State University, and a panel of paper authors will share highlights from the publication, followed by a Q&A session. Register for the webinar here.

Working group members

  • Lonnie King (Chair), College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University
  • Tavis K. Anderson, National Animal Disease Center, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
  • Casey Barton Behravesh, One Health Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Laura E. Binkley, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University
  • Bernadette Dunham, Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
  • Tracey Dutcher, USDA-APHIS Office of Science
  • John L. Gittleman, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
  • Wondwossen A. Gebreyes, Global One Health Initiative (GOHi), Ohio State University
  • Laura H. Kahn, physician and co-founder, One Health Initiative
  • Megin Nichols, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Joan B. Rose, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Michigan State University
  • Johanna S. Salzer, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • G. Sean Stapleton, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Patrick R. Stephens, Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University
  • Erica Spackman, US National Poultry Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
  • David E. Swayne, Exotic and Emerging Avian Virus Diseases Research Unit, US National Poultry Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
  • Amy L. Vincent Baker, National Animal Disease Center, Agricultural Research Service, USDA

About CAST

CAST is an international consortium of scientific and professional societies, universities, businesses, non-profit organizations, libraries and individuals. CAST brings together and coordinates networks of experts to gather, interpret and communicate credible, unbiased and scientific information to policy makers, the media, the private sector and the public.

http://www.cast-science.org

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