APHA’s Rabies and Viral Zoonoses workgroup undertake work to reduce the risk of rabies and protect animals and humans in the UK and abroad. In this blog, we hear from Dr. Guanghui Wu as she talks about this important area of work and her passion stemming from an early childhood experience.
APHA’s Emma Brook travelled to Norway in April 2022 to share expertise and to harmonise existing methodologies as part of a short-term mission through the One Health European Joint Programme. Learn more about her trip in this three-minute read.
One Health Day highlights the need for a collective approach to tackling joint disease threats to people, animals and the environment. This year, our annual blog focuses on APHA’s role in recent cases of Brucella canis in Great Britain and how, together with the UK Health Security Agency, we immediately responded to this.
The 6th of July marks World Zoonoses Day - an opportunity to raise awareness of those diseases that affect both humans and animals. The origin of diseases has been on everyone’s mind over the past 18 months, particularly those that cause epidemics. Here Dr. Nick Johnson of the newly formed Vector-Borne Diseases group within APHA’s Virology Department discusses what a zoonosis is and what APHAs role is in responding to them.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 is One Health Day. This year we hear from Professor Tony Fooks, Lead Scientist for International Development, as he shares what APHA are doing in the international One Health arena.
The coronavirus pandemic has only highlighted the importance of having scientific experts who can quickly provide advice and evidence for new strains of animal viruses that can transfer into humans and cause severe disease due to the lack of protective immunity against the pathogen. In this blog, marking World Zoonoses Day, we hear from Dr Sharon Brookes, Lead Scientist for the Animal and Zoonotic Viral Diseases Portfolio (AZVDP) as she describes the important range of work her portfolio undertakes.
Over the past few months, world interest has directed towards the discovery of a novel (new) Coronavirus, coming from an animal source and escalating quickly into the human population, highlighting the importance of a One Health approach to prevent and eradicate zoonotic outbreaks. But these global, high profile cases should not overshadow endemic issues such as food-borne bacteria.
Continuing our One Health series and also marking World Wildlife Day, we hear from Flavie Vial, APHA’s Lead Scientist for Wildlife, as she highlights the great work her team are involved in to keep our wildlife flourishing whilst protecting against the spread of animal-human disease.
Becky Gosling, senior research scientist in APHA’s Bacteriology Department, describes how her team responds to a report of a potentially dangerous Salmonella in chickens destined for human consumption (broiler chickens).
As part of our series of blogs around One Health, Fin Twomey, Head of the Surveillance Intelligence Unit at APHA, talks about the importance of APHA’s scanning surveillance programme for detecting diseases of livestock and wildlife.