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Report lists top zoonotic diseases of concern for the United States

CDC, USDA, DOI collaborative report prioritizes eight diseases to be addressed using a One Health approach

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) have released a report listing the top priority zoonotic diseases for the United States.

The report was developed following a One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization (OHZDP) workshop, co-hosted by the three agencies in December 2017, to further joint efforts to address zoonotic disease challenges. During the workshop, agencies agreed on a list of eight zoonotic diseases that are of greatest concern for the United States and made recommendations for next steps using a One Health approach.

The zoonotic diseases prioritized are:

  • Zoonotic influenza
  • Salmonellosis
  • West Nile virus
  • Plague
  • Emerging coronaviruses (e.g., severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome)
  • Rabies
  • Brucellosis
  • Lyme disease


Participants used the CDC-developed One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization tool to identify the endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases of greatest concern. Once the diseases were identified, facilitators used elements of the One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit (OH-SMART™, co-developed by USDA and the University of Minnesota) to develop specific implementation plans and processes to strengthen One Health collaboration in the United States.

Since the workshop, CDC, DOI, and USDA have established the One Health Federal Interagency Network (OH-FIN), which brings together representatives from federal agencies and departments on a regular basis to exchange information, updates, and opportunities for collaboration in support of One Health activities.

Report: Prioritizing zoonotic diseases for multisectoral, one health collaboration in the United States: workshop summary

Article details

  • Date
  • 15 May 2019
  • Source
  • CDC