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Using a One Health approach to assess the impact of parasitic disease in livestock: how does it add value?

Rushton, J. and Bruce, M.ORCID: 0000-0003-3176-2094 (2017) Using a One Health approach to assess the impact of parasitic disease in livestock: how does it add value? Parasitology, 144 (1). pp. 15-25.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182016000196
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Abstract

Human population increases, with greater food demands, have resulted in a rapid evolution of livestock food systems, leading to changes in land and water use. The scale of global livestock systems mean that changes in animal health status, particularly in parasite levels, have impacts that go beyond farm and sector levels. To quantify the true impact of parasites in livestock, frameworks that look at both resources and services valued in markets and those that have no true market value are required. Mitigating the effects of parasitic disease in livestock will not only increase productivity, but also improve animal welfare and human health, whilst reducing the environmental burden of livestock production systems. To measure these potential benefits, a One Health approach is needed. This paper discusses the types of methods and the data collection tools needed for a more holistic perspective and provides a framework with its application to coccidiosis in poultry. To build a body of knowledge that allows the ranking of parasite diseases in a wider animal health setting, such One Health frameworks need to be applied more frequently and with rigour. The outcome will improve the allocation of resources to critical constraints on parasite management.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: © Cambridge University Press 2016
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/52873
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