Special Issue "Risks and Benefits of Human, Animal and Environmental Interactions: Application of the One Health Approach"

A special issue of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease (ISSN 2414-6366).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Hélène Carabin

Chaire de Recherche du Canada sur l'Épidémiologie et le Contrôles des Zoonoses Parasitaires dans un Contexte Global / Canada Research Chair in the Epidemiology and Control of Parasitic Zoonoses in a Global Context, Département de pathologie et de microbiologie, Faculté de Médecine vétérinaire-Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
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Interests: infectious disease epidemiology; zoonoses; neglected tropical diseases; global health; Bayesian statistics; cysticercosis; One Health
Guest Editor
Prof. Christopher Fernandez Prada

Faculté de médecine vétérinaire - Département de pathologie et microbiologie, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
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Interests: infectious diseases; zoonoses; neglected tropical diseases; vector-borne diseases; protozoan parasites; genomics; drug resistance; molecular diagnosis
Guest Editor
Prof. Kate Zinszer

École de santé publique - Département de médecine sociale et préventive, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
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Interests: infectious disease epidemiology; global health; vectorborne diseases; spatiotemporal models; impact evaluation; surveillance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the health risks and benefits arising from the interaction among humans, animals and the environment, also called One Health.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infectious diseases are responsible for at least 15 million deaths worldwide each year. More than 60% of all infectious diseases and an even larger proportion of emerging infections are believed to be zoonotic. Several of these zoonotic diseases also involve vectors for transmission or are highly influenced by environmental and climatic factors. Moreover, most foodborne infections emerge at the interface between human, animals and the environment and it has been estimated that in 2010, 33 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) were due to 31 foodborne disease hazards. Similarly, most neglected tropical diseases occur as the result of the infectious agent coming into contact with humans through animals or the environment. These infections also incur several million DALYs globally each year.

While research has concentrated on the negative aspects of the interface between humans, animals and the environment, this interface also results in important benefits to human health. For example, animal products are humans best source of protein, several programs have used zootherapy to encourage children with Autism or people with dementia to communicate with their environment, animals can be used as sentinel for the detection of chronic and infectious diseases in humans, and livestock remain the main livelihood of many people living in low income countries.

Improved diagnostic tools are needed to measure the occurrence of zoonotic pathogens in all species and in the environment, to better understand the transmission dynamics of these infections and ultimately, to improve their control. There is also a need for enhanced epidemiological and statistical methods to incorporate the complex interactions between the three elements of the One Health. There is also a paucity of well-designed epidemiological studies conducted to measure the benefits of animal interactions with humans on overall health. Finally, there is an important need to develop and validate tools to measure both the risks and benefits that animals and the environment may have on human health.

Prof. Hélène Carabin
Prof. Christopher Fernandez Prada
Prof. Kate Zinszer
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Zoonotic infections
  • One health
  • Zootherapy
  • Ecohealth
  • Epidemiology
  • Diagnosis
  • Health adjusted life years
  • Health economics
  • Public health interventions
  • Disease transmission modelling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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