The concept of One Health is a paradigm shift. Contrary to the traditional regimen of handling the health of humans, animals and the environment separately, it considers the health of the three domains as an integrated whole. The health of the three domains are inter-connected, not just animal health or human health or environmental health, but One Health.
The One Health concept has a long history of origin but has only been recognised globally by international organisations in the early 2000s, and its recognition and significance has not ceased to surge due to the increase in antimicrobial resistance, climate change and emerging of life threatening zoonoses in recent years. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) estimated that today at least 75% of emerging infectious diseases of humans have an animal origin and three out of five new human diseases appear every year are of animal origin. With no doubt, the health of humans and animals are bound to and influencing each other closely. Remedial or preventive measures and policies carried out by either the medical or veterinary sector solely will not be able to effectively or thoroughly address the issues that we are facing.
Now all over the world, veterinarians, medical doctors and professionals from other disciplines are adapting the One Health concept and are working together to achieve a better health for all.
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