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Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2019

H.R. 3771

Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) introduced the bipartisan Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act. This legislation would improve public health preparedness in the event of an emergency by helping federal agencies implement a “One Health” approach. The One Health concept recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment.

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that six out of ten infectious diseases were seen in animals before humans. This legislation would significantly improve coordination between veterinarians and doctors by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a One Health model.

“As veterinarians, we are uniquely able to recognize the connections between animal and human health,“ said Rep. Kurt Schrader. “Diseases like rabies, salmonella, West Nile Virus, and avian flu are all examples of diseases that are seen in animals before humans and can be fatal in both. Improving coordination and communication between veterinarians who work with animals every day and federal agencies who can respond to health outbreaks would no doubt have lifesaving consequences.”