This month the first One Health PACT paper on the West Nile virus finding in the Netherlands was published in Eurosurveillance. A great first example of the multidisciplinary field collaboration of One Health PACT, resulting in a great paper!
A male patient has been diagnosed with the West Nile virus last week. The man has not been abroad recently. He may have contracted the virus in the region of Utrecht due to a mosquito bite. In this region, birds and mosquitoes have been detected with the West Nile virus in August and September. This is the first time that an infection with this virus has been diagnosed in a person who has contracted it in the Netherlands.
Emerging infectious diseases are relatively little understood. Their periodic, unpredictable outbreaks can quickly transform into global pandemics, as was the case with SARS and avian influenza. They tend to be zoonotic (deriving from an animal source), infect thousands of people at a time, engender significant fear and panic, and have high mortality rates, which is frequently because the public infrastructure to diagnose, prevent and treat them is lacking. Newer examples of these diseases include MERS and Ebola, both of which are RNA viruses with the ability to mutate from one outbreak to the next, making them that much deadlier.
Thursday 25 February 2021 | 20.00 - 20.45 uur | Livestream via YouTube
"The human is also an animal" is the second edition of a series of online masterclasses in which a scientist and artist talk live about COVID-19 and the lockdown. Where exactly does the coronavirus come from? During this masterclass they talk to virologist Marion Koopmans and visual artist Iwan Smit about the One Health approach. It assumes that people's health does not stand alone, especially when it comes to infectious diseases. After all, aren't humans animals too?
Scientists of Wageningen University & Research, TU Delft and Erasmus MC have developed an online tool that helps determine how indoor spaces can be designed and used corona proof. With the OpenSmartTogether tool, restaurant owners can limit the risks of the spreading of the coronavirus in their restaurant. The researchers are inviting restaurant owners to participate in an online pilot.