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      During 2009-2010, many countries had been hard hist by the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1). Trainees and graduates form FETPs contributed to the mitigation of pandemic impacts using their knowledge and skills in field epidemiology. Field Epidemiologists conduct surveillance and investigation, implement preventive measures, and evaluate control policies for the in fluenza pandemic.

      An emergence of the novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus highlights the importance of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) at human and animal interface. Some of the infectious agents originated in animals and now infect humans. As we know, the majority (70%) of EIDs are zoonosis and they pose a significant threat to global health. In the connected world, transmissions of infective agents back and forth between humans and animals have been evident in many pleases worldwide. Many organisms struggle to survive by adapting to other species and sometimes in a more virulent and resistant form.
      The "One World, One Health" concept has been a fundamental strategy for building interdisciplinary collaboration between human, livestock, wildlife and environmental health. Obviously, health of people and animals are closely liked. Movilizing resources to improve health of human and animals under the "One Health" concept is vital. Veterinarians and wildlife profession als are key persons in the field epidemiology team in response to zoonotic and animal disease outbreaks.
      International FETP-Thailand is proud to be one of major players in the "One Health" world and we continue to collectively work with our partners, domestically and intermationally in fighting against EIDs for and better health of all

Sopon Iamsirithaworn, MD, PhD
Director, IFETP-Thailand