Government launches “One Health” consortium for surveillance of bacterial and viral infections | India News

NEW DELHI: The Department of Biotechnology has launched a “One Health” consortium which plans to carry out surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens in the country.
The project also examines the use of existing diagnostic tests and the development of additional methodologies for monitoring and understanding the spread of emerging diseases, the DBT said in a statement.
Dr. Renu Swarup, secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, launched DBT’s first “One Health” project via videoconference on Thursday.
The consortium plans to carry out surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens.
Noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has shown the relevance of “One Health” principles in the governance of infectious diseases, particularly efforts to prevent and contain zoonotic diseases across the world, Swarup emphasized an approach holistically to understand human, animal and wildlife health to minimize damage from future pandemics.
Swarup said the “One Health Consortium made up of 27 organizations led by DBT-National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad is one of the largest health programs launched by the government in the post-Covid era.
The consortium includes AIIMS, Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur, IVRI, Bareilly, GADVASU, Ludhiana, TANUVAS, Chennai, MAFSU, Nagpur, Assam Agricultural and Veterinary University and many other ICAR centers, ICMRs and wildlife agencies.

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