'One Health' surveillance tool proves vital in rapid response to potentially deadly rabies outbreak in India

Updated: Sep 29 2023 1:36PM

New Delhi, Sep 29 (PTI) The use of an animal rescue system proved to be a vital "One Health" surveillance tool as part of a rapid response to a potentially deadly rabies outbreak in Pune city, a study has found.

The research, published in the journal CABI One Health to coincide with World Rabies Day on September 28, highlights how tools—such as Hawk Data Pro—can be "modified or adapted to other areas" and help eradicate rabies around the world.

Robust and widely implementable "One Health" surveillance systems are needed to detect and control the spread of zoonotic infectious diseases including rabies, said Abi Tamim Vanak, lead author of the research from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), in Bengaluru.