This is such a timely article published in the Australian Veterinary Journal. Just last week I diagnosed Cryptosporidia in an owner’s fish (pictured are the bugs, represented by little blue blebs on the surface of the gut cells). Now that the owner is armed with this knowledge, they will return to their GP, to assess the risk of the fish’s bug, infecting the owner, and their family.
Some pertinent points from the article are included below:
The term ‘Clinical One Health’ is used to describe a new paradigm of veterinarians assisting doctors to more effectively manage patients suffering from a zoonotic disease or other animal-related clinical condition.
“In reality, if vets had a more formal role in clinical medicine, the professional separation between doctors and veterinarians in Australia would decrease and implementation of One Health activities would increase,” Dr Speare said.
“The exchange of pathogens between animals and humans is becoming increasingly complex, so it’s difficult to determine whether they belong to humans or animals.
“Vets can help patients understand their disease, how they may have acquired it, how they can reduce their chances of getting it again, and more importantly how the hazard to their family, work colleagues or others sharing the same risks could be reduced.
Read more here –
Find out more about the origins of One Health – here.
Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA.