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A One Health related Ebola Epidemic Chronology project - Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh (USA) - Thursday, November 20, 2014

 A One Health related Ebola Epidemic Chronology project - Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh (USA)

The NIH-funded MIDAS Informatics Services Group (ISG) has released the Ebola Epidemic Chronology.  

The Ebola Epidemic Chronology is a collection of machine-interpretable representations of information about Ebola epidemics.  The Chronology contains representations of 27 Ebola epidemics, both historical (23) and ongoing (4).   Each representation integrates information about an epidemic from multiple sources, including publications and datasets.  A unique feature of the representations is the use standard identifiers -- for pathogen, host, disease, location, time, date, and laboratory tests.   Without standard identifiers, integration of information from multiple sources is much more labor intensive, and the effort to summarize and analyze across epidemics becomes almost prohibitive.  

A viewer intended to demonstrate the key ideas of standardization and integration is available at: 
http://www.epimodels.org/apolloLibraryViewer/ebola/epidemics
. 

A 4-minute video that emphasizes the key ideas about standardization and integration is available at: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdhdmFJrZVE. 

The Ebola Epidemic Chronology is just one example of the potential uses of standards-based, machine-interpretable representation.  Software developers may find uses in applications used during investigations or for managing supplemental information accompanying publications or other uses that may align with the mission of the One Health Initiative to accelerate biomedical research discoveries, enhance public health efficacy, and expand the scientific knowledge base.  

Michael Wagner, MD, PhD leads the ISG team that developed the Ebola Epidemic Chronology.  Dr. Wagner welcomes inquiries from One Health readers. He hopes that investigators of epidemics of all types will see the representations as a means to the end of improving health and that software developers will use the representations to improve management of scientific information. 
 
Information provided to One Health Initiative website November 20, 2014 by:


Michael Wagner, MD, PhD
, a physician at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh (USA) http://www.dbmi.pitt.edu/person/michael-m-wagner-md-phd Dr. Wagner says, “I am enthusiastic about a potential ‘marriage’ to One Health.   Dr. Dato and I know, as you do, that information is required to prevent and bring epidemics under control.  That information comes from multiple disciplines and the organizations they work for.  Due to its multidisciplinarity and vision, One Health would be an ideal partner in a Quest for the Information, as I like to call it these days.  The project needs your help  the [our] project would especially benefit from collaboration in the areas of ecology, geography and viral genetics.”  

Virginia Dato, MD, MPH
, a physician Postdoctural Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine http://www.linkedin.com/pub/virginia-dato/55/35/328 Dr. Dato is a longstanding One Health Supporter 
http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php through her service as a Past President of the American Association of Public Health Physician and as member of the One Health Initiative team’s Honorary Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php


One Health and emergency preparedness - Veterinary Record 2014;175:422-425 doi:10.1136/vr.g5246 - Monday, November 17, 2014

8th One Health Veterinary Record article available…

British (United Kingdom) Veterinary Journal Publishes another Article of One Health Series 2014

One Health and emergency preparedness

Veterinary Record 2014;175:422-425 doi:10.1136/vr.g5246

1.          Kendra E. Stauffer, DVM, DACVPM1 and

2.          Lisa Conti, DVM, MPH, DACVPM2

    Author Affiliations

1.       1USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Emergency Coordinator, Gainesville, Florida, USA

2.       2Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, USA

     e-mail: kstauffer@cdc.gov and lisa.conti@freshfromflorida.com

NOTE: Dr. Stauffer, a veterinarian, is a longstanding One Health Supporter/Advocate http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.  Veterinarian Dr. Conti is a member of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team and co-author/editor with physician, Dr. Peter Rabinowitz of the groundbreaking ‘first of its kind’ One Health textbook entitled Human-Animal Medicine – Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and other Shared Health Risks http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/product.jsp?isbn=9781416068372.

Abstract

Emergencies such as hurricanes, floods and nuclear disasters do not just affect people and the environment; they also affect domestic animals. In this latest article in Veterinary Record's One Health series, Kendra Stauffer and Lisa Conti discuss how One Health considerations are being incorporated into emergency preparedness planning in the USA

Please read entire article at: http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/175/17/422.full.

Provided FREE-ACCESS to the One Health Initiative website October 31, 2014 by:

Laura Feetham
Assistant Editor, Veterinary Record and In Practice
BMJ, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JR
T: 020 78747061
E: lfeetham@bmj.com
W: bmj.com/company

Note: The previous six One Health articles of the series were posted in the One Health Initiative website January 23, 2014, February 23, 2014, March 25, 2014, April 20, 2014, June 3, 2014, June 29, 2014 and July 19, 2014.


Texas A & M (College Station, Texas-USA) Dean Endorses One Health Initiative team activities - November 11, 2014 - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Texas A & M (College Station, Texas-USA) Dean Endorses One Health Initiative team activities

November 11, 2014

Dear One Health Autonomous Pro Bono Team,

It is an encouragement to see your teams' persistent effort in the promotion of the One Health message. Your relentless effort to garner support and solicit endorsements from leaders in health care for humans, animals and the environment is inspiring. 

We at Texas A&M System support the One Health Initiative with an endorsement that goes beyond words. As you know, we have been tirelessly at work to establish a One Health initiative of our own, started in 2011, by Dr. Thomas "Sam" Shomaker, former Dean of the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary, Associate Dean of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Suzanne Yandow, Clinical Professor and Physician of the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and myself, Dean of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. In concert with your effort, our vision is improved animal, human, and environmental health and well-being. We anticipate working together in any way possible to advance the One Health collaborative effort across disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the biological community of living organisms (humans, animals, plants, and microbes) comprising the ecosystem.

Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP

Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine

Box 4461

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

TexasA&M University

College Station, TX 77843-4461

979-845-5053 – work

979-676-0844 – cell

979-845-5088 – fax

egreen@cvm.tamu.edu

www.vetmed.tamu.edu

 

Dr. Green is a longstanding prominent One Health Supporter/Advocate http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.


Health Initiative Targets Exotic Pet Keepers - Saturday, November 08, 2014

Health Initiative Targets Exotic Pet Keepers

TONBRIDGE, England, November 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

 

“In response to the burgeoning exotic pet trade, and subsequent increased risk to human health, the Emergent Disease Foundation, One Health Initiative, Worldwide Veterinary Service, and UNISON have collaborated in the launch of a new leaflet containing important hygiene measures concerning exotic pets. It is hoped that the leaflet, entitled  Exotic pets: Reducing the of risk of human infection will be distributed via medical centres, local authorities, schools, veterinary clinics and pet shops to help raise vital awareness, and minimise illness. The leaflets are available free of charge.

The advice contained in the leaflet is taken from an independent scientific paper entitled 'A review of captive exotic animal-linked zoonoses' published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Health Research. A diverse range of species is now available as 'pets' and they carry with them an array of exotic germs. An unfortunate animal may be transported halfway round the world and straight into someone's living room with the family having no idea of the risks it may pose. Many of these germs can persist on surfaces such as walls, door handles and clothes. Therefore, although hand-washing is standard advice and very important, it cannot guarantee that germs won't spread around the home or be passed directly or indirectly to others. Those particularly at risk are children under five, the elderly, pregnant women and anyone who is immunocompromised. …”

Please read entire press release http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/health-initiative-targets-exotic-pet-keepers-281702201.html

Provided by:

 

Clifford Warwick, PGDipMedSci, CBiol, CSci, EurProBiol, FOCAE, FSB

Consultant Biologist & Medical Scientist

Emergent Disease Foundation

Riverside House
River Lawn Road
Tonbridge
Kent TN9 1EP
UK Registered Charity No. 1133422

http://www.emergentdisease.org

+44(0)7757267369

cliffordwarwick@gmail.com


REMINDER: 1st International Who's Who in One Health Webinar - November 10, 2014 - Thursday, November 06, 2014

Last important international One Health reminder – it is not too late…please register NOW (no charge)!

 

1st International Who's Who in One Health Webinar - November 10, 2014 – 1st Notice Posted One Health Initiative website Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Learn more about One Health worldwide from U.S. and international guest commentators…November 10, 2014

1st International Who's Who in One Health Webinar

Notable comments to consider:

Future generations will judge us by how well we – physicians, public health professionals, veterinarians, other health professionals and social science experts – took a One Health approach to solving critical global issues such as climate change and the increase in antimicrobial resistance. Only by doing so now can we hope to protect and ensure the interdependent health of ecosystems and the people, animals and plants that live in them.”

Veterinarian Joann Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH., American Veterinary Medical Association, Biography, One Health Commission Board of Directors Chair.

After witnessing the successive waves of different infections facing our country and our world, a common theme emerges from the MERS Co-V, Salmonella, Entervirus, Flu, MRSA to, of course, Ebola; we as humans are not alone.  What we do with our environment and handling of our animals across the world does somehow affect 'me'.  We are clearly seeing, with outbreaks and epidemics, the overall effects of man's interaction with the world from our management of resources to cultural activities in our communities to our general infection control responses.” 

Physician Albert J. Osbahr, III, MD, One Health Commission Board of Directors Past Chair, American Medical Association, Biography

  

Offered by the U.S. One Health Commission - https://www.onehealthcommission.org/ 

Please see all details & international guest speaker presentation schedule https://www.onehealthcommission.org/index.cfm?nodeID=78899&audienceID=1


NOTE:  Drs. Joann Lindenmayer and Al Osbahr are lonstanging prominent One Health supporter/advocates http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.  Internationally recognized One Health leaders/speakers include physician, Dr. Laura H. Kahn, co-founder of the One Health Initiative team/OHI website and Australian veterinarian, Dr. Martyn Jeggo, a longstanding member of the One Health Initiative team’s Honorary Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php.

 


WVA/WMA GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON ONE HEALTH - SAVE THE DATE - May 21 & 22, 2015 - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Please see http://www.worldvet.org/news.php?item=169

WVA/WMA GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON ONE HEALTH - SAVE THE DATE

May 21 & 22, 2015 – Madrid Spain

The World Veterinary Association and the World Medical Association in collaboration with the Spanish Medical and Veterinary associations are preparing a Global Conference on 'One Health' Concept.

The Global Conference on 'One Health' Concept will take place on 21st and 22nd of May in Madrid, Spain.

the title of the conference is Drivers towards One Health - “Strengthening collaboration between medical and animal doctors”

The Global Conference aims to bring together Veterinarians, Physicians, Students, Public Health Officials, NGOs and others from the different world regions to learn, discuss and to address critical aspects of the 'One Health' Concept.

The main objectives of the conference are to strengthen the links and communications and to achieve closer collaboration between Physicians, Veterinarians and all appropriate stakeholders to improve the different aspects of health and welfare of humans, animals and the environment.

The conference sessions will focus on the issues of:  

  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Natural disaster management – Preparedness and vet-med collaboration
  • Environmental hazards exposure to humans and animals

More details regarding the conference and registrations will be published soon on WVA and WMA websites: 

Provided by:

 

Dr. Zeev Noga
Veterinary Policy Officer

 

World Veterinary Association (WVA)
Avenue de Tervueren 12
B-1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 2 533 70 22
zeev_noga@worldvet.org
secretariat@worldvet.org
http://www.worldvet.org


"Can We Stop Ebola?" is posted on the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (CEEZAD) website - Saturday, November 01, 2014

"Can We Stop Ebola?" is posted on the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (CEEZAD) website:

SEE www.ceezad.org/resources/index.html

Also see attached PDF for distribution http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/CAN%20WE%20STOP%20EBOLA%20website%202.pdf

 

Provided to One Health Initiative website by:

Robert E. Kahn, PhD

Education Consultant

College of Veterinary Medicine

Kansas State University

rs_kahn@hotmail.com

 

Dr. Kahn is a longstanding One Health supporter/advocate http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.


Mayo Clinic Alumni Association website features One Health oriented TB book publication - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mayo Clinic Alumni Association website features One Health oriented TB book publication

“Charles O. Thoen, DVM, Ph.D. (M 1971) has, with colleagues, edited the third edition of Zoonotic Tuberculosis, Mycobacterium bovis and Other Pathogenic Mycobacteria, a comprehensive review of the state of the art in the control and elimination of infections caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in animals and humans.”  

See: https://alumniassociation.mayo.edu/zoonotic-tuberculosis-charles-o-thoen-dvm-ph-d-m-1971/ and https://alumniassociation.mayo.edu/category/books-by-alumni/

Dr. Thoen, a veterinarian, is a longstanding One Health leader and advocate http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.  He is also President of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES).

Information provided by:

Judith D. Anderson
Director
Alumni Center
Phone: 507-538-0162

Assistant:  507-284-2317
Email: anderson.judith1@mayo.edu
__________________________________
Mayo Clinic
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
mayoclinic.org


Important International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) One Health survey request… - Friday, October 24, 2014

Important International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) One Health survey request…

October 22, 2014

Dear Colleagues and readers of the One Health Initiative website,

Your assistance is greatly needed to help identify gaps in capacity, information, and networks with regard to One Health Surveillance (OHS) approaches to disease surveillance. 

International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) is conducting a survey to gauge the views of health surveillance professionals worldwide on the motivations and general capabilities for implementing integrated animal, human, and environmental surveillance approaches to solve complex health problems. 

The results will help ISDS and other partner organizations to develop and deliver capacity-building activities that meet the priority needs of surveillance professionals in different domains to advance OHS approaches. The survey results will also be used to launch further discussion at the 2014 ISDS Conference. 

Your responses will be kept confidential. Please answer every question to the best of your ability. Your survey responses should represent your experiences and perceptions and will not be viewed as the official position of your organization. Feel free to add comments where indicated to clarify your responses.

Please respond to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OHSurveillance by Friday November 7, 2014. If you have any questions contact: syndromic@syndromic.org

Thank you for your participation!

Richard Hopkins, MD, MSPH, President

Board of Directors

International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS)

 

Note: The 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 supports and advocates activities of the ISDS Board of Directors and their physician President Dr. Richard Hopkins.


1st International Who's Who in One Health Webinar - November 10, 2014 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Learn more about One Health worldwide from U.S. and international guest commentators…November 10, 2014

1st International Who's Who in One Health Webinar

Notable comments to consider:

Future generations will judge us by how well we – physicians, public health professionals, veterinarians, other health professionals and social science experts – took a One Health approach to solving critical global issues such as climate change and the increase in antimicrobial resistance. Only by doing so now can we hope to protect and ensure the interdependent health of ecosystems and the people, animals and plants that live in them.”

Veterinarian Joann Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH., American Veterinary Medical Association, Biography, One Health Commission Board of Directors Chair.

After witnessing the successive waves of different infections facing our country and our world, a common theme emerges from the MERS Co-V, Salmonella, Entervirus, Flu, MRSA to, of course, Ebola; we as humans are not alone.  What we do with our environment and handling of our animals across the world does somehow affect 'me'.  We are clearly seeing, with outbreaks and epidemics, the overall effects of man's interaction with the world from our management of resources to cultural activities in our communities to our general infection control responses.” 

Physician Albert J. Osbahr, III, MD, One Health Commission Board of Directors Past Chair, American Medical Association, Biography

  

Offered by the U.S. One Health Commission - https://www.onehealthcommission.org/  

Please see all details & international guest speaker presentation schedule https://www.onehealthcommission.org/index.cfm?nodeID=78899&audienceID=1

NOTE:  Drs. Joann Lindenmayer and Al Osbahr are lonstanging prominent One Health supporter/advocates http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.  Internationally recognized One Health leaders/speakers include physician, Dr. Laura H. Kahn, co-founder of the One Health Initiative team/OHI website and Australian veterinarian, Dr. Martyn Jeggo, a longstanding member of the One Health Initiative team’s Honorary Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php.

 

 


 
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