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Remaining on alert: how monkeypox could spread back to animals from humans

While the monkeypox outbreak continues to spread amongst humans, the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) explains the precautions to take in order to protect animals from the increase in reverse spillover of the disease back into animals.

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Monkeypox can spread back to animals from humans

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Improving animal health worldwide

Our vision

To help create a future in which humans and animals benefit and support each other, for a healthier, more sustainable world. 

Our purpose

To contribute to a more sustainable world, so that livelihoods are transformed, economies are boosted and the future is safer and healthier for everyone. 

Our mission

To improve animal health globally, thereby ensuring a better future for all.

Our foundation

Since 1924, we have focused on monitoring and disseminating knowledge about animal diseases and how to use scientific data to limit animal diseases’ adverse effects on society. 

Activity Report 2021: Animal health is everyone’s health

All living beings, regardless of their species, share a same world…and its health challenges. Learn about what we have been doing to protect animal health and improve global health in our Activity Report 2021.

Animal Diseases


Working across borders to foster a One Health approach to global health. The health of animals and the environment strongly depend on human activities.

  • One Health

    One Health

    The “One Health” concept summarised an idea that had been known for more than a century; that human health and animal health are interdependent and bound to the health of the ecosystems in which they exist. We envisaged and implemented it as a collaborative global approach to understanding risks for human and animal health and ecosystem health as a whole.
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    Antimicrobial resistance

    Antimicrobial agents are medicines used to treat infections, particularly those of bacterial origin. These medicines are essential to protect human and animal health, as well as animal welfare.
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  • Disease Data Collection

    Disease Data Collection

    World Animal Health Information System Discover Data Before 2005 Discover Active Search Discover Simulation Exercises Discover The World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) is an internet-based computer system that processes data on animal diseases in…
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  • Animal Welfare

    Animal welfare is a complex and multi-faceted subject with scientific, ethical, economic, cultural, social, religious and political dimensions. It is attracting growing interest from civil society and is one of the priorities of the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).
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  • Aquatic Animals

    Aquatic animals

    Aquatic animals play a key role in achieving a more prosperous and secure world, contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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