Zoonotic parasites: The One Health challenge

The concept of One Health is paradigmatic in Parasitology with many parasites inhabiting our Earth and perpetuating in domesticated animals, wildlife and humans. Parasites share the same environments and their lives with those of their hosts. They spread globally, without boundaries, across the continents. Their biological life cycles have been shaped by time to fit those of their hosts during evolution, making Parasitology a science as yet unwritten. Therefore, Parasitology is a clear example embodying the holistic approach of medical and veterinary medicine. In this context, this special issue on “Zoonotic parasites: The One Health challenge” has been conceived in order to cover the broader range of zoonotic parasites worldwide, providing an update on those of both wildlife and domestic animals.


  • Domenico Otranto

    Domenico Otranto is Professor of Parasitic Diseases at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari, Italy. His research focuses on the study of arthropods and arthropod-borne diseases of zoonotic concern with a basic and applied approach.

  • Christina Strube

    Christina Strube is a full Professor at the Institute for Parasitology of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany. Her main research interests include the One Health topics “zoonotic parasites” and “tick-borne diseases”, as well as epidemiology of parasitic infections in pets, livestock and wildlife.

  • Lihua Xiao

    Lihua Xiao is Professor at the South China Agricultural University. For the last 25 years, he has focused mostly on the diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, comparative genomics, and ecology of foodborne, waterborne, and zoonotic parasites, and is mostly known for his work in Cryptosporidium.

Articles (15 in this collection)

  1. Zoonotic giardiasis: an update

    Authors (first, second and last of 4)

    • Weilong Cai
    • Una Ryan
    • Yaoyu Feng
    • Content type: Protozoology - Review
    • Published: 08 October 2021
    • Pages: 4199 - 4218
  2. Dirofilarioses in two cats in southern Italy

    Authors (first, second and last of 8)

    • Rossella Panarese
    • Roberta Iatta
    • Domenico Otranto
    • Content type: Helminthology - Short Communication
    • Published: 23 March 2021
    • Pages: 4247 - 4251