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A Multi-stakeholder High-Level Approach to One Health

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A Multi-stakeholder High-Level Approach to One Health
(November 13, 2020) WCS' Dr Sarah Olson joined an impressive list of speakers for the Paris Peace Forum to speak on zoonotic diseases, pandemics and the Berlin Principles at the launch of the "One Health" High-Level Expert Council, reiterating the interconnectedness between human, wildlife and ecosystem health, and the importance of a One Health approach to build back better post COVID-19.

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It's One Health Day

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It's One Health Day
(November 03, 2020) On One Health Day this year, in the face of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot ignore the intricate connection between human, animal and environmental health. Increasingly destructive anthropogenic activities, such as extraction of wildlife, agricultural expansion and continued destruction of forests in biodiverse landscapes, have increased the rate of spillover of zoonotic diseases from wildlife to humans. On October 25, 2019, just a month before the emergence of COVID19, WCS, togethe...

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It's Bat Week!

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It's Bat Week!
(October 28, 2020) Bats are often maligned, despite the fact that they provide vital ecosystem services for our planet, and are truly remarkable animals!  Here are 10 Reasons to Appreciate Bats!And an important reminder from our epidemiologist Dr Sarah Olson: Bat Week and COVID-19: It’s Actually About UsPhoto: Nate Fuller

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We Need Federal Action to Prevent the Next Pandemic

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We Need Federal Action to Prevent the Next Pandemic
(September 30, 2020) If we are to reduce the likelihood of future pandemics like COVID19, the U.S. government has a critical role to play. WCS' Chris Walzer and John Cavelli write for Scientific American on the importance of coordinated federal action and a One Health approach to reduce the threat of future pathogen spillover, in particular from the high risk trade in live and fresh wildlife for human consumption:   We Need Federal Action to Prevent the Next PandemicWCS wholly supports the recently in...

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Piecemeal Perspectives to Prevent Future Zoonotic Pandemics Won’t Cut It

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Piecemeal Perspectives to Prevent Future Zoonotic Pandemics Won’t Cut It
(September 28, 2020) A new peer-reviewed article in Frontiers: "COVID-19 and the Curse of Piecemeal Perspectives” authored by Dr. Chris Walzer, Executive Director of Health at WCS, emphasizes: we know that SARS-CoV-2 originated in wild animals, and we know that human degradation of the environment and trade in wildlife is driving such emergence of novel zoonotic diseases as we increase contact rates between people and wildlife from biodiverse, formerly intact ecosystems.  We critically need...

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