The Application of One Health Approaches to Henipavirus Research

  • David T. S. HaymanEmail author
  • Emily S. Gurley
  • Juliet R. C. Pulliam
  • Hume E. Field
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 365)


Henipaviruses cause fatal infection in humans and domestic animals. Transmission from fruit bats, the wildlife reservoirs of henipaviruses, is putatively driven (at least in part) by anthropogenic changes that alter host ecology. Human and domestic animal fatalities occur regularly in Asia and Australia, but recent findings suggest henipaviruses are present in bats across the Old World tropics. We review the application of the One Health approach to henipavirus research in three locations: Australia, Malaysia and Bangladesh. We propose that by recognising and addressing the complex interaction among human, domestic animal and wildlife systems, research within the One Health paradigm will be more successful in mitigating future human and domestic animal deaths from henipavirus infection than alternative single-discipline approaches.


Domestic Animal Japanese Encephalitis Virus Date Palm Japanese Encephalitis Virus Nipah Virus 
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DTSH acknowledges funding from the Welcome Trust and the Cedar Tree Foundation through a David H. Smith Fellowship in Conservation Research. DTSH, ESG, JRCP are supported by the Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) programme of the Science and Technology Directorate (U.S Department of Homeland Security) and the Fogarty International Center (NIH). HEF acknowledges support from the Queensland and Australian Governments, and from EcoHealth Alliance, USA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David T. S. Hayman
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Emily S. Gurley
    • 2
  • Juliet R. C. Pulliam
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Hume E. Field
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of BiologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.icddr, b (International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh)MohakhaliBangladesh
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  4. 4.Emerging Pathogens Institute University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  5. 5.Fogarty International CenterNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  6. 6.Queensland Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & ForestryBrisbaneAustralia

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