State agencies promote One Health Day
BISMARCK, N.D. – November 3 is One Health Day, a global day of action to promote awareness of the relationship among the health of people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA), North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGF), North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ), and North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) are encouraging the public to recognize the link between the environment and the health of humans and animals.
“Certain diseases or environmental hazards, such as rabies and blue-green algae, can affect both people and animals,” said Laura Cronquist, epidemiologist with the NDDoH. “One Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of these health hazards and highlight the importance of illness prevention efforts.”
Recommended ways to keep you, your family, and your pets healthy:
- Practice good hand hygiene. Washing your hands is one of the best ways to stay healthy and prevent spreading germs. Always wash your hands with soap and clean, running water after contact with animals, their food, and their environment.
- Keep your pets healthy. Make sure your pets get a good diet, fresh water, shelter, and exercise. Regular veterinary care is also important for pets. Your veterinarian can advise you on the recommended or required vaccinations for pets.
- Decrease the risk of rabies exposure to you and your pets by making sure your pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. Keep stray animals and wildlife, especially skunks, away from pets and livestock. Always enjoy wildlife from a distance.
- Antibiotics save lives, but any time antibiotics are used in people or animals, they can lead to antibiotic resistance. Always use antibiotics as directed by your provider or veterinarian.
- Watch for blue-green algae blooms in bodies of water used by people, pets, and livestock during the summer and early fall. Avoid contact with a bloom and report the location to the NDDEQ.
To learn more about One Health Day, contact the NDDoH Division of Disease Control at 701-328-2378, the NDDA Animal Health Division at 701-328-2655, the NDDEQ at 701-328-5150 or NDGF at 701-328-6300.