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One Health Aotearoa Winter Newsletter 2021

This winter’s newsletter includes the latest information about our 7th symposium in December, welcomes Dr Kristin Dyet from ESR to our Management Group and highlights OHA investigators who continue to provide media with accurate and timely expert opinion on the COVID-19 pandemic. View the OHA Winter 2021 Newsletter.

Study confirms wastewater provides critical, early warning, for community outbreaks of COVID-19

A unique study led by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) with Watercare and the University of Auckland confirms the benefit of wastewater testing as an early warning system for COVID-19. The paper: Sensitivity of wastewater-based epidemiology for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a low prevalence setting, has been released as a preprint on ...
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COVID-19: OHA investigators in the media

One Health Aotearoa investigators have been highly sought after as opinion leaders on the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing technical advice to various authorities, our investigators have featured prominently in the media in the effort to provide accurate and timely expert opinion on this developing situation and to keep New Zealand informed. A number ...

Global eradication of COVID-19 should not be dismissed

Eradicating COVID‑19 across the globe is theoretically more feasible than for polio but much less so than it was for smallpox, according to an analysis by New Zealand researchers. The researchers, writing in the international journal BMJ Global Health, ranked the feasibility of eradicating the three diseases based on technical, socio-political and economic factors. Smallpox, which ...
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New advice for handling eggs due to Salmonella incursion

OHA investigators and collaborators based at ESR and the NZ Food Safety Science Research Centre (NZFSSRC) have had an opinion piece published on Stuff which warns consumers about the emergence of Salmonella Enteritidis. This strain has been linked to 119 cases of salmonellosis since 2019, with 40 percent of those infected ending up in hospital. ...
Sue Huang

ESR data highlights surge of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Weekly data collected by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) is providing health experts with critical information about the outbreak of RSV currently being experienced across New Zealand. ESR virologist and OHA investigator Dr Sue Huang says weekly numbers reported by the national virus laboratory network started climbing sharply in June, reaching 538 cases ...
David Hayman

OHA investigator named on One Health High-Level Expert Panel

Massey University Professor of Infectious Disease Ecology David Hayman has been selected alongside 25 other international experts to serve on the One Health High-Level Expert Panel to support worldwide organisations address issues of human, animal and ecosystem health. The World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health, and United Nations Environment Programme (The Partners) have come together to ...