One Health Information and Communication Technology. How digital humanities contribute to public health.

Hans Cornelis Ossebaard

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Zoonoses are infectious diseases that are transmitted either directly or indirectly from animals to human beings. The human and economic costs of zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance can hardly be overestimated. Due to ecological and socioeconomic behavioral changes, new and different zoonoses emerge while antibiotics’ effectiveness decreases. Early warning and surveillance systems are part of the public health response. However, a more pre-emptive approach is needed. ‘One Health’ entails a global strategy to advance interdisciplinary collaboration and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. As of yet, the importance of social sciences and eHealth technologies for infectious disease research and public health policy is underestimated. The digital humanities provide methods and concepts that can set the One Health approach to work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
JournalInternational journal on advances in life sciences
Issue number3&4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2013



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