Introducing One Health to the Ethical Debate About Zoonotic Diseases in Southeast Asia

9 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2015

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Benjamin Capps

Dalhousie University - Department of Bioethics

Michele Marie Bailey

National University of Singapore (NUS)

David Bickford

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

Richard Coker

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University

Zohar Lederman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Centre for Biomedical Ethics

Andrew Lover

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Tamra Lysaght

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Centre for Biomedical Ethics

Paul Tambyah

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

Pandemic plans recommend phases of response to an emergent infectious disease (EID) outbreak, and are primarily aimed at preventing and mitigating human‐to‐human transmission. These plans carry presumptive weight and are increasingly being operationalized at the national, regional and international level with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO). The conventional focus of pandemic preparedness for EIDs of zoonotic origin has been on public health and human welfare. However, this focus on human populations has resulted in strategically important disciplinary silos. As the risks of zoonotic diseases have implications that reach across many domains outside traditional public health, including anthropological, environmental, and veterinary fora, a more inclusive ecological perspective is paramount for an effective response to future outbreaks.

Keywords: One Health, zoonotics, pandemic planning, public health

Suggested Citation

Capps, Benjamin and Bailey, Michele Marie and Bickford, David and Coker, Richard and Lederman, Zohar and Lover, Andrew and Lysaght, Tamra and Tambyah, Paul, Introducing One Health to the Ethical Debate About Zoonotic Diseases in Southeast Asia (October 2015). Bioethics, Vol. 29, Issue 8, pp. 588-596, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2657272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12145

Benjamin Capps (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University - Department of Bioethics ( email )

5849 University Avenue
Room C-312, Building CRC
Halifiax, NS B3H 4R2
Canada

Michele Marie Bailey

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Bukit Timah Road 469 G
Singapore, 117591
Singapore

David Bickford

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

Singapore
Singapore

Richard Coker

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ( email )

Keppel Street
London, WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University

420/6 Rajvithi Rd
9th Floor, Anek Prasong Building
Bangkok, 10400
Thailand

Zohar Lederman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Centre for Biomedical Ethics

Bukit Timah Road 469 G
259776
Singapore

Andrew Lover

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Bukit Timah Road 469 G
Singapore, 117591
Singapore

Tamra Lysaght

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Centre for Biomedical Ethics ( email )

Bukit Timah Road 469 G
259776
Singapore

Paul Tambyah

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

Singapore
Singapore

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