Rabies and the pandemic: lessons for One Health

Nadal, D. , Beeching, S., Cleaveland, S. , Cronin, K., Hampson, K. , Steenson, R. and Abela-Ridder, B. (2022) Rabies and the pandemic: lessons for One Health. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 116(3), pp. 197-200. (doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trab123) (PMID:34392375) (PMCID:PMC8890778)

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This article examines the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on dog-mediated rabies, a neglected tropical disease that remains endemic in >65 countries. A globally agreed strategy for rabies elimination is underpinned by a One Health approach, coordinating human and animal health sectors and engaging communities. We present data on the scale and nature of COVID-19 disruption to rabies control programmes and the wider learning for One Health implementation. We argue that the global shift in health priorities caused by the pandemic, and consequent side-lining of animal health, will have broader ramifications for One Health implementation and preparedness for future emergent zoonoses.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the World Health Organization, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Invididual Global grant of the European Commission (751267) to DN, and a Wellcome grant (207569/Z/17/Z) to KH.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Steenson, Miss Rachel and Nadal, Dr Deborah and Cleaveland, Professor Sarah and Hampson, Professor Katie
Authors: Nadal, D., Beeching, S., Cleaveland, S., Cronin, K., Hampson, K., Steenson, R., and Abela-Ridder, B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1878-3503
Published Online:14 August 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
301620The Science of Rabies EliminationKatie HampsonWellcome Trust (WELLCOTR)207569/Z/17/ZInstitute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine