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University of Florida (USA)- One Health Center of Excellence for Research and Training Emerging Pathogens Institute - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

University of Florida (USA)- One Health Center of Excellence for Research and Training Emerging Pathogens Institute 

International One Health Platform Project Evolving - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A potentially valuable international One Health project...

International One Health Platform Project Evolving

A nascent international “One Health Platform” project has been developing with various hopeful features aimed at promoting and implementing the One Health concept.  It currently has several prominent One Health supporting partners 

Since 2011, three International One Health Congresses have been organized on a biennial basis. The fourth edition will be held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2016. More information is available at

In order to ensure the continuity of the International One Health Congresses, the One Health Platform will be responsible for organising subsequent editions. We are currently seeking expressions of interest in hosting the Fifth International One Health Congress. Download the Call for Expression of Interest now.

The World Veterinary Association/World Medical Association Global Conference on One Health which was held in Madrid, Spain on 21-22 May 2015, brought together 330 delegates from 40 countries around the world to discuss the One Health Concept. Download the conference report and presentations here.

In addition, this is associated with a new open-access journal - One Health (the official journal of the One Health Foundation).  Also recognized and included in the One Health Initiative website’s Homepage sidebar tabs as:


Editor’s Note:  This is a hopeful and potentially valuable step forward for the international One Health movement as it continues to remain “One Health-One Medicine” all inclusive in the spirit of the One Health Umbrella graphic, operates ecumenically worldwide, and persists in expanding altruistic public affairs vistas.

Extraordinary One Health Leader Awarded Gold Headed Cane (USA): an internationally recognized physician virologist and vaccine developer - July 13, 2015 - Monday, July 13, 2015

Left to right: Charles O. Thoen, DVM, PhD, President, American Veterinary Epidemiology Society, Thomas P. Monath, MD,
and Georgette D. Wilson, DVM, Director, Scientific & Medical Affairs, The Hartz Mountain Corporation

Extraordinary One Health Leader Awarded Gold Headed Cane (USA):
an internationally recognized physician virologist and vaccine developer


Dr. Thomas P. Monath [MD, FACP, FASTMH] received the prestigious American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) Gold Headed Cane Award at the July 10-14, 2015 annual American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) on July 13 at a breakfast ceremony.   The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 86,500 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine.


An internationally renowned physician virologist and dexterous vaccinologist pioneer, Dr. Monath was a co-founder of the *One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team (OHI team); the originator and sponsor of the highly successful One Health Initiative website; and a former member of the landmark AVMA’s One Health Initiative Task Force (OHITF) and its current successor, the One Health Commission

Monath’s One Health colleagues of the OHI team, comprised of two physicians, two veterinarians and a PhD health-research scientist, are the managers and creators of the One Health Initiative website.  Primarily due to his inimitable visionary leadership, the highly successful “One Health Initiative” website——frequently dubbed "the international clearing house for significant One Health information" and by some the "New York Times of One Health."——came to fruition on October 1, 2008.  Without fanfare, Monath altruistically helped initiate and support implementation of numerous other notable One Health projects (his “brainchildren”) by the OHI team over the past eight (8) years: these are included among others listed in and,%202009%20-%202013.%20August%2026%202013pdf.pdf.

Indeed, Monath has had a lifetime of adopting and practicing the One Health approach during his illustrious medical career.  See “One Medicine/One Health”: Personal Reflections of a True Believer and   

Monath’s broad spectrum One Health/public health endeavors include a benchmark 2013 Vaccine journal publication Vaccines against diseases transmitted from animals to humans: A one health paradigm”.  This review focuses on the immunization of animals as a means of preventing human diseases (zoonoses) like rabies. …”In simple terms, the idea is to develop vaccines that protect domestic animals and wildlife thereby establishing effective barriers against human infections.  Developing animal vaccines are less expensive and are less strictly regulated than are those for humans.  Hopefully a common sense One Health approach can go forward”: See,%20MD%20Sept%202013%20One%20Health%20Vaccine%20Article.pdf and Monath’s pertinent past and current enterprising work related to Ebola vaccine development activities and

This AVES Gold Headed Cane award is in recognition of Monath’s heretofore unheralded monumental achievements in the advancement of One Health—maximizing the collaboration of human, animal and environmental professionals to achieve optimal health for humans.  As previously noted, he has been and continues to be a paragon in development of critical vaccines like smallpox (that replaced the previous vaccine in the U.S. national stockpile), Ebola (mentioned above), yellow fever and others for many years and has a distinguished global reputation.  See Biography:

Inaugurated by AVES in 1964, the Gold Headed Cane Award was approved as an AVMA award by the Executive Board in 1996 and is sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corporation, Secaucus, NJ (USA). The award recognizes the achievement of an individual concerned with animal health who has significantly advanced human health through the practice of veterinary epidemiology and public health. Dr. James H. Steele [DVM, MPH], founder of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) veterinary division in 1947, established the award to recognize the outstanding contributions of veterinarian, physician and scientist, Dr. Karl F. Meyer [DVM, PhD, MD (Hon.)]. Originally named the K.F. Meyer Gold Headed Cane Award, it was renamed the K.F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award in 1985 to recognize Steele for his outstanding contributions to epidemiology and veterinary public health. Today, this award has gained in relevance and stature in concert with AVMA's and many other health oriented organizations' endorsement and development of the philosophy of One Health throughout the world.

Note:  In addition to Dr. Monath, Isabel de Kantor, PhD was recognized as one of this year’s recipients of the K.F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold-Headed Cane Award.


Honorary AVES Diplomas were awarded to: Rene Carlson, DVM; Bruce Akey, DVM; Gopal Reddy, BVSc, MS, PhD; Theodore Cohn, DVM; Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD; Jacqueline Smith, PhD; Charles Muscoplat, PhD; Timothy Stevenson, DVM, PhD; and Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD.


* One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Jack Woodall, PhD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH





One Health Newsletter - Volume 8, Issue 2 - Published July 3, 2015 (USA) - Wednesday, July 08, 2015


One Health Newsletter - Volume 8, Issue 2 - Published July 3, 2015 (USA)




An outstanding internationally distributed “One Health” publication product of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida (USA)


Accessible online via:, (One Health Initiative Home page tab)


This quarterly newsletter is dedicated to enhancing the integration of animal, human, and environmental health for the benefit of all by demonstrating One Health in practice. 

The One Health Newsletter is a collaborative effort by a diverse group of scientists and health professionals committed to promoting One Health.

Please email co-editors with questions, comments, or suggestions for articles, upcoming events, or publications to share relevant to One Health:

Mary Leigh Merrill, MHS

PhD Student // Co-Editor, One Health Newsletter

Department of Environmental & Global Health 

College of Public Health & Health Professions

University of Florida

Cell: (662) 871-8335 // Email: 


Sarah K. White, MPH

PhD Student // Graduate Research Assistant // One Health Newsletter Co-Editor

College of Public Health and Health Professions // Department of Environmental and Global Health


One Health article submissions and participants are welcomed from all nations.  Indeed, readers from over 150 countries are known to access this Newsletter each month.

PHYSICIANS’ World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) issues One Health Letter of Support – July 2, 2015 - Friday, July 03, 2015

PHYSICIANS’ World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) issues One Health Letter of Support – July 2, 2015


2nd July 2015


Laura H Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP

Bruce Kaplan, DVM

Thomas P. Monath, MD

One Health Initiative  

Dear colleagues

Please find a letter of support, to the OneHealth Initiative, from WONCA - the World Organization of Family Doctors [physicians].


With best regards

Dr. Garth Manning

Chief Executive Officer

World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)

12A-05 Chartered Square Building

152 North Sathon Road

Silom, Bangrak

Bangkok 10500


One Health Community Addresses Advocacy Letter to the White House (USA) - June 30, 2015 - Thursday, July 02, 2015

One Health Community Addresses Advocacy Letter to the White House (USA)

Dated: June 30, 2015  


“...On behalf of the community of One Health advocates and stakeholders, the One Health Commission, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and the signatories below, writes to urge creation of One Health platforms in both the United States (U.S) and the United Nations (U.N). ... Thank you, in advance, for your attention to our urgent call. One Health approaches truly are a ‘Ray of Hope’ for the future health of our planet and all its living creatures.”



The One Health Commission and the greater community of One Health Advocates

Please read complete letter

Former Mayor—Environmental Health Activist—Urges President and U.S. Government(s) Adoption of One Health Principles - Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Former Mayor—Environmental Health Activist—Urges President and U.S. Government(s) Adoption of One Health Principles


June 9, 2015 – In a recent letter to the White House, One Health Initiative Team Advisory Board member Nancy Chaney, RN, MS, former mayor, City of Moscow, Idaho (USA) urged prompt across the board adoption of the One Health approach.


Chaney noted, “... My background is in nursing, environmental science, and veterinary business ownership, but as a former mayor, president of the Association of Idaho Cities, and past board director for the National League of Cities (NLC), I am also keenly interested in policy. In 2011, I drafted and proposed a One Health Resolution (#2012-17, enclosed), which was subsequently adopted by the NLC, and in 2013, was integrated into policies that address health-focused local food systems, zoonoses, and pandemics, and encourage Congress and the Administration to “enable an interagency partnership among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect and improve human, animal, and environmental health as an integrated system.” See: and

She further commented, “The complexity of today’s challenges and the seriousness of their consequences require those skills, along with collaborative, integrated, rational approaches. That’s especially crucial for matters involving human, animal, and environmental health, exemplified by the concept of One Health. I am writing to endorse the framework/platforms advocated by a coalition of senators, led by Al Franken (in their letter to you, dated February 12, and by the American Veterinary Medical Association (in a letter dated March 12, the American Public Health Association (in its letter of May 21, and the One Health Commission and One Health Initiative Team (in their letter, originally dated June 3

...The well-being of our Nation and our species will depend on embracing the concept of One Health and integrating it into our laws, social structure, economic systems, international relations, educational programs, agricultural practices, and personal values. It’s a heady goal, but one that is already beginning to gain traction in some medical and veterinary schools, public health organizations, environmental science programs, and federal agencies. Supportive governmental policies, programs, and funding will enhance opportunities for success, and speed its momentum.”

Please read complete letter

The relevance of “One Health” to South Africa - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The relevance of “One Health” to South Africa

Brigid Letty MSc.Agric1, Alan Rowe BVSc.2, Nkululeko Manci MBChB 3 and Debbie Rowe CPDH4

1Principal Scientist - Institute of Natural Resources

2State Veterinarian – KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

3Medical Manager – St Apollinaris Hospital, Centocow Mission

4Director - Creighton Sunflower Health Education and Life Projects



One Health, being a strategy that aims to expand interdisciplinary collaboration and communication between actors involved in human, animal and environmental healthcare (Kahn et al. 2007), is very relevant in the context of South Africa, particularly as a mechanism for strengthening the efficacy of public healthcare (Monath et al. 2010). The need to promote the concept of One Health forms the basis for a partnership that has been established in the Creighton-Centocow area of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. St Apollinaris is the hospital based at the Centocow Mission. It provides health care support to the surrounding rural communities. Livestock healthcare support is largely provided through the services of the provincial department of agriculture’s veterinary services, which is under the management of Dr. Alan Rowe, the State Veterinarian based in the small town of Ixopo some 30km from Centocow Mission. The current programme is building on past linkages between these parties, where veterinarians and physicians worked together in an effort to control scabies outbreaks. ...”

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Note:  Brigid Letty is listed on the One Health Initiative Supporters page (scroll down).

National Academies of Practice (NAP) supports One Health - Letter to The President, The White House (USA) - Monday, June 22, 2015
NAP Supports the One Health Commission

June 15, 2015

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), representing 14 health care professions (Audiology, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Speech & Language Pathology, and Veterinary Medicine) who strongly champion interprofessional health practice and education, I write in support of the sentiments shared by seven U.S. Senators in a February 12, 2015 letter and the May 21, 2015 letter from the American Public Health Association to you advocating for a multidisciplinary “One Health” approach to pandemic prevention. This approach considers the integral connections between human, animal and environmental health to more effectively address the current and future disease threat within the United States and globally.

NAP supports the One Health Commission, which serves as a platform for One Health discussions. The National Academies of Practice strongly believes that patients are served better when there is collaboration between health care professionals delivering care to them.  The theme for our April 2015 forum was “Engaging the Patient and Family in Patient-Centered Care: An Interprofessional Approach” and the theme for our 2014 annual forum was “One Team-One Health.” With the escalating costs of health care, diversity of populations, migration around the world and effect of communicable diseases, this approach makes more sense.  It is quite evident that one health has a role to play in health care delivery and prevention.

NAP strongly supports national efforts to strengthen prevention of all diseases that impact quality of life, and stands ready to assist in the promotion of one health framework. We welcome the opportunity to provide input and collaborate with agencies and organizations engaged in one health.

Thank you for your attention to this timely issue of supporting public health in the United States.

Satya B. Verma, OD, FAAO, FNAP, Diplomate
President, National Academies of Practice

To view a PDF version of the letter, visit this link.

WWS (Woodrow Wilson School – Princeton University, USA) Reacts: How to Fight MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

One Health approach to fight Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)...

WWS (Woodrow Wilson School – Princeton University, USA) Reacts: How to Fight MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

Jun 16, 2015—By: B. Rose Huber—Source: Woodrow Wilson School  

Since mid-May, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has infected 150 and killed 16 people in South Korea. Now, after months of quarantine, hundreds in the region are being released.

We discussed the threat of MERS with Laura Kahn [*Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP], a research scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Because MERS is an animal virus – it originated with camels in the Middle East – Kahn proposes a "One Health" approach to combating this illness.

Q. What is MERS? How does it spread? 

Kahn: Like SARS, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is caused by a coronavirus. MERS is generally deadlier than SARS. The mortality rate for SARS was around 10 percent whereas the rate in MERS has been around 30 to 40 percent. MERS spreads through infected respiratory secretions such as coughing. Other ways it might spread are not entirely understood.  

Q. Where is MERS the biggest threat? Do you expect that to change?

Kahn: The biggest threat had been in the Arabian Peninsula where it first emerged in 2012. The threat recently changed when, in late May, it popped up in South Korea and China. There have been 150 confirmed cases (149 South Korea and one China) with 16 deaths. 

Laura Kahn, a research scholar the Wilson School's Program on Science and Global Security, discusses the threat of MERS, proposing a "One Health" approach to combat such viruses.

Q. How is MERS similar to Ebola and other viruses?

Kahn: MERS, Ebola and many other emerging diseases are zoonoses, meaning that they are animal viruses that infect humans. 

Q. Could MERS have been prevented? If so, how?  

Kahn: A "One Health" approach that integrates human, animal and environmental health should be an important strategy in containing zoonotic diseases. Too often, healthcare systems ignore animal health until after problems in humans develop. Instead, there should be close surveillance of animals, and efforts should be implemented to make sure that animal secretions and wastes do not contaminate human food. In the case of MERS, camels are likely an intermediary host. DNA evidence suggests that bats in Saudi Arabia could be the definitive host. Bats are reservoirs for quite a few deadly human diseases including SARS, rabies, Nipah virus and possibly the Ebola virus among others.  

Q. Going forward, what is the best way to fight MERS and other similar diseases?

Kahn: As previously mentioned, a One Health approach in which veterinarians and environmental health specialists are considered an integral part of the global health team would be a prudent strategy.

See complete feature at: or 

WWS Reacts is a series of interviews with Woodrow Wilson School experts addressing current events.

*Dr. Kahn, a physician, is a co-founder of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team and One Health Initiative website

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