Texas professionals are employing a one health approach to protect the United States against biosecurity threats
Srikruthi S Krishnachaitanya1, Max Liu1, Ken Fujise2, Qingjie Li1
Matthew M. Dacsoa, b , Dennis A. Bentec, d, e, Scott C. Weaverc, defg, h, Gary P. Kobingerc, d,
Peter C. Melbyf, i, Susan L.F. McLellani, Philip H. Keiseri, j, Sarah A. Hamerk, Gabriel L. Hamerl,
Gerald W. Parker Jrk, David I. Douphratem, Anabel Rodriguezn, Michael L. Goodmani, Ara XIIIc, d,
Gregory C. Graya, dei
Texas is a geographically large state with large human and livestock populations, many farms, a long coastal region, and extreme fluctuations in weather. During the last 15 years, the state of Texas has frequently suffered disasters or catastrophes causing extensive morbidity and economic loss. These disasters often have complicated consequences requiring multi-faceted responses. Recently, an interdisciplinary network of professionals from multiple academic institutions has emerged to collaborate in protecting Texas and the USA using a One Health approach. These experts are training the next generation of scientists in bio preparedness; increasing understanding of pathogens that cause repetitive harm; developing new therapeutics and vaccines against them; and developing novel surveillance approaches so that emerging pathogens will be detected early and thwarted before they can cause disastrous human and economic losses. These academic One Health partnerships strengthen our ability to protect human and animal health against future catastrophes that may impact the diverse ecoregions of Texas and the world.