Special Issue One Health Journal
While there is a wide-spread concern that global change will accelerate the spread of arboviruses, hitherto only few studies address the complex web of interlinkages between people, vectors and viruses in an integrated fashion. Such studies are pivotal for the development of strategies to manage and prevent these viral diseases.The Netherlands, with its water-dominated ecosystems, dense population of humans and livestock, abundant wildlife and international transport and travel hubs, is vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks. In this special issue we show how a One Health approach, with researchers from disciplines ranging from virology, entomology, animal ecology, landscape ecology to epidemiological modelling adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Here we illustrate the breadth of our approach with examples of research that has been undertaken in this first year. Combining these aspects, the overall picture that emerges illustrates a deeply complex set of factors that together shape the development of this outbreak, with important implications for our understanding of effects of global change, follow-up studies on vector borne pathogens and ultimately the prevention and mitigation of their effects.
This special edition of One Health magazine was created with the collaboration of several researchers from One Health PACT. The editorial board consisted of Marion Koopmans, Reina Sikkema, Maarten Schrama and Barry Rockx.
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Date: March 6, 2023