How does Aphis relate to animal production?

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) protects the health of U.S. agriculture and natural resources against invasive pests and diseases, regulates genetically engineered crops, administers the Animal Welfare Act, and helps people and wildlife coexist.

What causes zoonotic spillover?

The disease is caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), an RNA virus belonging to the Coronaviridae family, genus Betacoronavirus. This new human coronavirus has spread rapidly between different countries, causing the COVID-19 pandemic (Wu et al., 2020).

What is the One Health approach?

One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach — working at the local, regional, national, and global levels — with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

How does APHIS protect the U.S. from invasive species?

APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program is a key part of this effort. PPQ safeguards U.S. agricultural and natural resources from risks associated with the entry, establishment, or spread of agricultural pests and diseases, as well as invasive and harmful weeds.

What are the benefits of One Health?

The One Health approach supports global health security by improving coordination, collaboration and communication at the human-animal-environment interface to address shared health threats such as zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, food safety and others.

What are other possible factors that affect human and animal health?

Environmental issues like harmful algal blooms or lead contamination also can affect the health of both people and animals. Antimicrobial resistance is another emerging threat to the health of people and animals, and resistant germs often spread through our shared environment.

What are the components of One Health approach?

Four different components might be identified as key elements within the ‘One World – One Health’ (OWOH) approach: the geographical component, the ecological one, the human activities and the food-agricultural ones.

How can we protect crops from invasive species?

Help protect native plants and animals by following these six easy guidelines: Verify that the plants you are buying for your yard or garden are not invasive. Replace invasive plants in your garden with non-invasive alternatives. Ask your local nursery staff for help in identifying invasive plants!