Implementing a One Health Approach to Rabies in Wyoming
thesisposted on 21.12.2018, 00:00 by Elizabeth Walker
One Health is an approach that addresses the interrelation between to animal, human, and environment health. One Health seeks to unite efforts at solving health issues by providing a more holistic approach to public health. A One Health approach to the prevention of rabies transmission from bats to humans has received little attention, but, could have great benefits. This project seeks, by providing a One Health recommendation to governmental entities in Wyoming including the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), to lower the incidence of rabies exposure. Methods utilized in this paper were a literature review, analysis of other state public health programs, and collaboration with WDH. Primary recommendations include bat vaccination research, an increase in inter-departmental communication and collaboration, and an education program to alert the public to the risk of rabies. Recommendations for next steps include a pilot study to determine general knowledge of rabies recommendations and protocols among professionals, pilot research on a rabies vaccine in bats, and implementation of a communication flow and an education program on rabies risk mitigation.