Demystifying and Demonstrating the Value of a One Health Approach to Parasitological Challenges

Rosina C. Krecek, Peter M. Rabinowitz, Patricia A. Conrad

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Abstract

The One Health approach recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and ecosystem health and encourages collaboration between diverse disciplines to address complex health problems. In this paper, 3 academics, with diverse training, experience and backgrounds who each work on different pathogenic parasites, will share their stories of tackling parasitic challenges by applying a One Health approach. The pathogenic parasites to be discussed include the helminth Taenia solium and protozoans Giardia, Theileria, Babesia, Neospora and Toxoplasma species. The 3 narratives focus on research and clinical case-based challenges and illustrate where collaboration between human, animal, and environmental health scientists either has or could lead to improved control of human and animal health as well as important research discoveries. The need for better evaluation of interventions and scientific evidence to support changes in clinical practice and encourage enhanced collaboration between human and veterinary clinicians, as well as new governmental policies to improve public and wildlife health, are described. The need for a range of evidence-based metrics to monitor the success and impact of the One Health approach to veterinary parasitology is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number109202
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume287
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Babesia
  • collaborative research
  • Giardia
  • Neospora
  • non-zoonotic parasites
  • One Health
  • Taenia solium
  • Theileria
  • Toxoplasma
  • zoonotic parasites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)

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