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

Bioethics. 2015 Oct;29(8):588-96. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12145. Epub 2015 Feb 10.


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; pandemic planning; public health; zoonotics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Asia, Southeastern
  • Biodiversity
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging*
  • Disaster Planning* / standards
  • Disaster Planning* / trends
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Humans
  • Influenza, Human / epidemiology
  • Pandemics
  • Public Health*
  • Singapore
  • Zoonoses