Anthrax in the cattle-keeping corridor of Uganda: a One Health case study

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This case study was developed by Ausvet and the Australian National University in 2019, and edited by Richard Dicker in 2019.
Date published
Mar, 2020
Last updated
20 Mar 2020

Summary

This case study is based on investigations undertaken in 2018 by the Ugandan Public Health Fellowship Program. However, the case study is not a fully factual account of these investigations: aspects have been altered to assist in meeting the desired teaching objectives. This case study was developed by Ausvet and the Australian National University in 2019, and edited by Richard Dicker in 2019. The authors would like to acknowledge the original outbreak investigation team, especially Kisaakye Esther and Bainomugisha Kenneth, the lead investigators and Kween District Rapid Response Team.

After completing this case study, the fellow should be able to:

  • Describe the usual sequence of steps of the outbreak investigation, and how they might differ when investigating a zoonotic disease outbreak.
  • Define the One Health approach and its relevance to preventing and responding to zoonotic disease outbreaks.
  • List the multi-disciplinary team members required to effectively investigate and respond to a zoonotic disease outbreak, and describe the roles of each.
  • Calculate attack rates and risk ratios to identify associations between exposures and disease.
  • Identify strategies for joint control of disease in animals and people in the context of a zoonotic disease outbreak.
  • Describe challenges that can limit effective multisectoral coordination for outbreak investigation and control of zoonotic diseases.