One Health and SARS-CoV-2: A presentation

One Health is an emerging and critical science in public health that relies on the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment.

SARS-CoV-2 the virus responsible for COVID-19 illness is believed to have zoonotic origins and has close genetic similarity to bat coronaviruses, suggesting it emerged from a bat-borne virus. Research is underway to establish an intermediate animal reservoir, such as a pangolin, to its introduction to humans. The virus shows little genetic diversity, indicating that the spillover event introducing SARS-CoV-2 to humans is likely to have occurred in late 2019.

Friday May 1, 2020 at 3pm, Dr. Vanessa Grunkemeyer DVM, MPH and Sharon McDonnell MD MPH will discuss One Health, spillover events between humans and animals, and what factors represent the most important risks to global health. Notably, media attention on infections of domestic and zoo animals have thrown a spotlight on the connection between all living organisms and the implications of these findings in cats, tigers and dogs will be discussed.

This presentation is open to the public. To register for this free online for the zoom session to go this link:

Published by sharon Mcdonnell

Medical Epidemiologist and Community Memeber

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