One Health / Jakob Zinsstag ... [et al.]

“One Health” sets out from close cooperation between human and veterinary medicine. The approach is based on the insight that zoonoses, i.e. diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans (such as brucellosis, rabies and, presumably, Sars-CoV-2, too – of which there is, as yet, no proof, as you can read in this edition) can be predicted, prevented and controlled much more quickly and at a lesser cost than if the two disciplines are working separately. But the One Health concept also implies that human and animal health are intrinsically linked to the health of our environment. In other words, it is a comprehen-sive approach that reaches way beyond tackling infectious diseases.
Our authors give accounts of how the One Health concept evolved, how it has since further developed and in which con-texts it can be applied; what we know about interrelations at the animal-human-environment interface – and what we (still) don’t know; how One Health research, capacity building und implemen-tation intermesh, and why we should consider food systems in this context; and how we can use the approach to counter future pan-demics. [Auszug Editorial]