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Humans, Animals—It's One Health. Or Is It?

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Science  15 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5963, pp. 266-267
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5963.266-b

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A "holistic approach" and "synergism" working for the health of all species. Those are the buzzwords of the One Health movement, which aims to bring veterinary and human health closer together. Because people and animals form such a close-knit ecosystem—and most new or re-emerging diseases come from animals—the classic divide between veterinarians and doctors is hampering disease control, three scientists argued when they began promoting the concept 3 years ago. But the Dutch Q-fever outbreak provides a vivid example of how those two worlds often don't get along, especially when the stakes are different for each.