December 19 to 21, Paro: The concept of “One Health” is gaining momentum and is a high priority at the global, regional and national levels. To this effect Bhutan has already started operationalising the “One Health Concept” with the endorsement of Bhutan One Health Strategy Plan by the Government. The Concept is critical because the health of humans and animals is interlinked and majority of emerging, re-emerging, and endemic human diseases have their origins at the human-animal-ecosystem interface. More than 60% known human pathogens originate from animals and about 75% emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic (disease transmitted from animals to humans) in nature. Therefore, there is a shared responsibility and synergic potential for collaboration between public health, animal health and the environment sectors in the efforts to combat emerging and re-emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases.
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