Special Issue "Zoonoses and One Health"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Erin M. Sorrell

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University, USA
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Interests: virology; influenza; zoonoses; One Health; emerging infectious disease; health systems strengthening; global health security; infectious disease and conflict
Guest Editor
Dr. Ellen P. Carlin

EcoHealth Alliance, Washington DC, USA
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Interests: health policy; biodefense; veterinary medicine; One Health; zoonoses; ecological health; biosurveillance; parasitology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the intersection of zoonoses and One Health. 

It has been estimated that over 60% of all emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in nature, that is to say that these diseases are a result of spillover from animal populations, usually wildlife, into humans. While there is a concern for direct spillover from animals we also must consider pathogen evolution and adaptation in intermediate animal hosts (wildlife, vectors, domesticated animals) that provide the proper environment for disease introduction and transmission to the human population. The factors behind zoonotic disease emergence and spread are varied and involve climate change, agricultural intensification, globalization, urbanization, breakdown in public health measures, microbial adaptation, as well as many other factors.  The One Health concept ties these factors together, recognizing that animal health can impact human health, agriculture and the environment (and vice versa).

One Health is a multidisciplinary challenge requiring collaboration among wild life and veterinary professionals, epidemiologists, clinicians, ecologists, environmentalists and basic researchers.  There have been major strides to build and improve on existing capacities to link animal and public health professionals for zoonoses preparedness and response in aspects of policy development, clinical diagnosis and basic research however, the ability to link these capacities to agriculture and the environment have lagged behind.  We have acknowledged that animals can serve as sentinel species for potential human disease outbreaks but there is less of a focus on the role of the environment.

This Special Issue will focus on advancements in zoonotic disease detection, transmission, epidemiology and host-pathogen interactions to emphasize research and capacity building among veterinary and public health scientists. In addition, this issue will also highlight One Health research, discussing the successes and challenges of working towards a One Health approach for infectious disease detection, prevention and response.

Dr. Erin M. Sorrell
Dr. Ellen P. Carlin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • zoonoses
  • One Health
  • emerging infectious diseases
  • capacity building, spillover
  • host-pathogen interactions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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