World Zoonoses Day, celebrated on July 6, 2023, also commemorates the first rabies vaccine given on July 6, 1885. Currently, it is estimated 60% of infectious diseases and up to 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in origin. This year’s theme, "One World, One Health: Prevent Zoonoses!" emphasizes the need to break the cycle of transmission to prevent future pandemics. The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of how zoonotic infectious disease can be a problem globally from one community.
World Zoonoses Day 2023
We at the ISID recognize how essential time is to detect and ultimately respond to emerging and re-emerging health threats. In our surveillance thrust, The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) was launched in 1994 as an Internet service to identify unusual health events related to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and toxins affecting humans, animals, and plants. Currently, ProMED is the largest publicly-available system conducting global reporting of infectious disease outbreaks. ProMED was the first to pick up the signal on what was to become the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our open-access publications promote education and showcase research on infectious diseases, our journals are the IJID, IJID Regions, and IJID One Health. The latest addition to our journals, the IJID One Health aims to advance scientific knowledge related to the connections between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.