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World TB Day 2018, March 24...Today - Saturday, March 24, 2018

World TB Day 2018

tbAlthough tuberculosis (TB) is preventable and curable, many people in the United States still suffer from TB

Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24. Be sure to join CDC’s World TB Day Thunderclap, and be part of the discussion using #WorldTBDay.

For some more specific “One Health” TB information:

ZOONOTIC TUBERCULOSIS. A COMPREHENSIVE ONE HEALTH APPROACH (2016) http://www.medicinabuenosaires.com/PMID/27295705.pdf

Tuberculosis in Animals and Humans: A One Health Approach (2016) :: Click here to see the 24 minute audio/video film ::

Zoonotic Tuberculosis: Mycobacterium bovis and Other Pathogenic Mycobacteria :: Click Here :: - or https://goo.gl/cYxigU 3rd Edition (2014)

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Sens. Tina Smith, Todd Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Shore up Public Health ... ["One Health"] March 23, 2018 - Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sens. Tina Smith, Todd Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Shore up Public Health Emergency Prevention & Response  [One Health]

Friday, March 23, 2018

Sens. Tina Smith, Todd Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Shore up Public Health Emergency Prevention & Response

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Bill Would Push Coordinated “One Health” Approach to Prepare for and Prevent Health Crises Like 2015 Avian Flu Outbreak

U.S. Senator Tina Smith and Todd Young (R-Ind.) have introduced their bipartisan Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act, which would improve public health preparedness by ensuring federal agencies advance a “One Health” approach—the idea that human and animal health are linked, and that they should be studied together to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks.

The bill would improve coordination among those studying animal and human health by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Agriculture Department (USDA) to adopt a One Health framework with other agencies.

“Minnesota was hit by an avian flu outbreak a few years back, and I recently sat down with Minnesotans in Willmar to talk about how we can keep working to prevent future outbreaks because they take a real toll on families and the economy,” said Sen. Smith, a member of the Senate Health Committee. “I pushed adopting a ‘one health’ approach while I served as Lieutenant Governor, and now I’m continuing that work in the Senate. We need to recognize the connection between human, animal and environmental health so preparedness efforts meet the needs of all people, all ages, and all communities.”

“Many Hoosiers can still remember the impacts the avian flu outbreak had on communities across Indiana. To protect the health of animals, our farm economy, our families, and the environment, we must take vigorous steps to ensure we are prepared in prevention and response for the next disease outbreak,” said Senator Young. “This legislation is centered around the concept that human health and animal health are linked, and to prepare for future health crises we must better coordinate between federal agencies to understand that connection.”   

Through the Advancing Emergency Preparedness One Health Act, the One Health framework would:

·        Advance workforce development related to preventing and responding to disease outbreaks in animals and humans;

·        Improve coordination between federal agencies studying human, animal health, and the environment;

·        And foster understanding of the connections between human, animal, and environmental health.

You can read more about the bill here.

Washington, D.C. Office

309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5641


GERMAN ONE HEALTH INITIATIVE: An important One Health website within the One Health International movement - Thursday, March 22, 2018

An important One Health website within the One Health International movement …

 

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Please see complete website information at: https://www.gohi.online/GOHI/EN/Home/Homepage_node.html

Mission Statement for the “One Health” Platform

Globalization of passenger traffic as well as merchandise traffic, migration, population growth and climatic changes lead to an increased incidence of infectious diseases and facilitate their global spread. Moreover, complex interactions between humans, animals and the environment influence the epidemiology of infections. To meet these new challenges as efficiently as possible, a close cooperation between experts in animal, human and environmental medicine is necessary. The „One Health“ platform shall enable a continuous exchange of information and an improved cooperation on the topic “One Health” between interested institutions.

The following bullet points show the main tasks and obectives of this joint initiative:

  1. Definition of scopes of duties and objectives for cooperation among the bodies involved.
  2. Facilitation of regular exchange of information on "One Health" questions between the participating institutions.
  3. Identification of common topics and utilisation of synergies.
  4. Establishment of a graduate support program for cooperation projects on “One Health”.
  5. Opening of the "One Health" platform for other interested Institutions.
  6. Organization and coordination of national and international activities with other organizations on the subject of "One Health". …”


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Supports World Water Day and World TB Day: March 21, 2018 - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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CDC Supports World Water Day and World TB Day

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Highlights of our recent work to prevent the spread of infectious diseases


March 2018

World Water Day 2018

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Around the world, 844 million people still do not have a basic drinking water service. Lack of safe drinking water and toilets increases the chance for outbreaks of waterborne diseases like typhoid fever, hepatitis, and cholera.

World Water Day is observed each year on March 22 to promote the responsible use of water and access to safe water for everyone. Join the discussion by using #WorldWaterDay and following @CDC_NCEZID.


World TB Day 2018

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Although tuberculosis (TB) is preventable and curable, many people in the United States still suffer from TB

Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24. Be sure to join CDC’s World TB Day Thunderclap, and be part of the discussion using #WorldTBDay.


CDC: What's New in One Health - Stay Healthy Around Farm Animals March 2018 - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Saving Lives, Protecting People.

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What's New in One Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  |  National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases |  One Health Office

 

March 2018

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Stay Healthy Around Farm Animals

farmFor many people, interacting with farm animals only happens occasionally at a petting zoo or other animal exhibit. But for people who work in agriculture, contact with these animals is often part of their daily lives. People who work or interact with farm animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and other poultry are at a higher risk of getting zoonotic diseases (diseases shared between animals and people) because farm animals can sometimes carry germs that make people sick, even if they look healthy.

People who interact with farm animals can follow some simple steps to protect themselves by

  • Washing hands right after contact with farm animals, being in animal areas, or equipment used around animals
  • Supervising young children around farm animals
  • Covering open wounds or cuts when around farm animals
  • Avoiding bites, scratches, and kicks from farm animals
  • Making sure farm animals receive routine veterinary care

 

Did you know?

  • There are more than 2 million farms in the United States.
  • More than 25 million youth are estimated to live on, work on, or visit farms nationwide.
  • About 150 million people visit agricultural fairs each year, as well as the animals shown there.

 

Learn more about staying healthy around farm animals


Find updates about One Health, diseases spread between humans and animals, new infographics, and much more on our home page.


One Health Lecture - April 11, 2018-- The Oncopig Cancer Model (OCM):A PLatform for Transitional, Translational and Transformative Advances in Cancer Research - Monday, March 19, 2018

 

One Health Lecture

The Oncopig Cancer Model (OCM): A Platform for Transitional, Translational and Transformative Advances in Cancer Research

SEE: https://vetmed.iastate.edu/research-grad-studies/centers-institutes-and-initiatives/one-health/one-health-lecture-oncopig-cancer-model-ocm

 Wednesday, April 11
5:30 pm
College of Veterinary Medicine
Room 2226 Vet Med
Recorded link pending
Livestream link  https://echo360.org/section/948100ee-fe9d-494e-a91a-19fd0aa56673/public

Presented by Dr. Lawrence B. Schook,

Lawrence B. Schook, PhD, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Animal Sciences and Radiology, previously served as the Vice President for Research at the University of Illinois, overseeing the technology commercialization and economic development activities across the University’s three campuses (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Springfield). Previously, he served as founding Director, UIUC Division of Biomedical Sciences and the founding Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) Theme Leader for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. Dr. Schook is a recognized international scholar in comparative genomics and is known for leading the pig genome-sequencing project, which has provided researchers insights into human cancer and other chronic diseases. He is a noted entrepreneur who has launched three health startup companies. Schook is currently funded by the NIH and the DOD to develop the pig as a biomedical cancer model and has been the PI in extramural funding from the NIH, NSF and USDA. He has co-authored/edited nine books and over 250 publications, has trained 43 graduate students, mentored 35 undergraduate projects and 25 postgraduate scholars. He has appointments in bioengineering, nutritional sciences, veterinary pathobiology, pathology, surgery, the Institute for Genomic Biology and the Beckman Institute. He was a Fellow at the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the National Center for Supercomputer Applications. Dr. Schook is a founding director of UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative that spun out of the University. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Albion College, and the boards of the National Academy of Sciences Institute for Laboratory Animal Science Council, Translational Research and Innovative Oncology, Inc., Onclavus, Inc., and the Illinois Technology Association Internet of Things Council. He previously served on the Board of Managers for the Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories, and Illinois Governor Quinn’s Innovation Council. Dr. Schook obtained Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Institute of Clinical Immunology, University of Berne, Switzerland and University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor; Ph.D. from the Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan; and B.A. from Albion College, Michigan.

The One Health Lecture Series was established in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in honor of Dr. Roger Mahr, DVM Class of 1971

Provided March 19, 2018 by:

Claire B. Andreasen DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP

Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology

Director of One Health

College of Veterinary Medicine

Iowa State University

 

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


TATFAR kicked off their 2018 Meeting in Atlanta - One Health Solutions - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

TATFAR kicked off their 2018 Meeting in Atlanta

Experts strengthened collaboration to improve antibiotic use in humans and animals, prevent infections and their spread, and strengthen the drug pipeline.
Canada · European Union · Norway · United States

 

2018 TATFAR meeting

TATFAR creates opportunities to address AMR with comprehensive, One Health solutions.

 

On March 7-8, a two-day Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) meeting was held in Atlanta. TATFAR members convened to strengthen collaboration against growing resistance to life-saving antimicrobial drugs. The meeting included government agency representatives from Canada, the European Union, Norway, and the United States, along with other leading experts on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The meeting covered topics including:

  • maximizing partner engagement to motivate action on AMR;
  • strategies to support local level action on AMR and government collaboration to implement National Action Plans;
  • improving antibiotic use in human medicine; and
  • current methodologies for measuring antimicrobial consumption of animals by species and the possibilities for alignment.

The second day opened with a plenary session devoted to strategies for improving the pipeline of new antimicrobial drugs, one of TATFAR’s three key areas. In the afternoon, attendees gathered for the breakout sessions to develop work plans for the second half of TATFAR’s current implementation period.

TATFAR was created in 2009 to address the urgent threat of AMR. Collaboration across government agencies enhances synergy and communication, leading to strengthened domestic and global efforts. These relationships gained through TATFAR will continue beyond the meeting, allowing technical experts to support global action and facilitate progress in addressing AMR.

Read two stories summarizing the meeting’s events—which included keynote speakers Xavier Prats-Monné, Director General for Health and Food Safety within the European Commission, and Anne Schuchat, Acting CDC Director—on the TATFAR website:

 


U.S. National Institute of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) Physician Director, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Addresses One Health... - Friday, March 09, 2018

U.S. National Institute of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) Physician Director, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Addresses One Health...

The One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team has had many positive comments on our recent paper, “Vaccines for zoonoses: a one Health paradigm” http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/2ST26%20B%20Kaplan%20-%208877.pdf published in SciTech Europa Quarterly Issue 26 – March 2018.

For example, on March 7, 2018, we heard from Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who writes,

“Thank you for sharing the article about [Dr.] Tom Monath’s work.  It is really well done, and captures the important contributions of our long-time friend and collaborator. 

…we have long embraced a one-health paradigm at NIAID, especially in the realm of emerging and re-emerging diseases, most of which are zoonoses and must be studied in the context of the ecosystems humans share with microbes, non-human hosts, vectors, reservoirs and other actors.  Many of the research efforts about which I speak and write almost daily fall under the one health rubric, in that our studies are multi-disciplinary and have benefits not only for humans but for other species, agriculture, and other aspects of society and the environment.   

The Hendra virus vaccine for horses is a key example of a one health approach to the control of human disease. We supported development and evaluation of a vaccine for horses with the potential for breaking the chain of HeV transmission from bats to horses to humans, thereby protecting horse, human, and environmental health.

Certainly much of what we do in influenza is “one health” in its focus --  such as the work of  Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS).  And influenza vaccine research informs not only human vaccines for seasonal and pandemic flu, but also vaccines for animals.

Another important area is our Ebola work, which is focused at preventing virus transmission into the human and great ape populations, notably via vaccine development focused at protection of humans and endangered wildlife, but also by studies to understand ebolavirus spillover dynamics; by gorilla carcass surveillance (to establish the cause of great-ape mortality); and via outreach to  local populations (to educate the local populations and thereby prevention of Ebola transmission into the human populations).

Our work on MERS-CoV [Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus] is focused on understanding the transmission of MERS-CoV into the human population and effective countermeasure design, including the development of vaccines and vaccination strategies for humans and dromedary camels.   Solving the MERS-CoV spike structure has  provided a potential vaccine antigen that could be applied to humans and animals (camels).  Interestingly, this antigen also appears to work for other veterinary CoV like Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV).  

Studies of West Nile virus has resulted in candidate human vaccines, but also licensed equine vaccines that have been of great utility….”

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Note: On March 8, 2018, Dr. Fauci testified at a hearing of the U.S. Congress House Energy and Commerce Committee titled, “Examining U.S. Public Health Preparedness for and Response Efforts to Seasonal Influenza” http://bit.ly/2G6sAuo in Washington, DC (USA).


An Outstanding International One Health leadership team The One Health Platform Foundation (OHP) - Thursday, March 08, 2018

An Outstanding International One Health leadership team …

 

The One Health Platform Foundation (OHP):

https://onehealthplatform.com/ohp/who-we-are/management-board

“The initiators of the One Health Platform are Prof. Ab Osterhaus (chair), Prof. John MacKenzie (vice-chair) and Mrs. Chris Vanlangendonck (daily management and communication). Together, they form the organization’s management board.

Dr. Ab Osterhaus is one of the world’s leading virologists. His interest in the One Health concept culminated in his current position as the CEO of Artemis One Health Foundation and professor of wildlife virology and virus discovery at the Utrecht University. He is also the director of the newly established Center for Infection Medicine and Zoonoses Research at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. To foster cooperation in all aspects of one health, Ab Osterhaus has joined forces with professor, Dr. John Mackenzie (Curtin University, Australia), who has an outstanding international reputation in the field of microbiology and its impacts on public health. Complementing the scientific knowledge of Ab Osterhaus and John MacKenzie is Chris Vanlangendonck’s expertise in the field of science communication, management strategies and organizational dynamics. She is the director of Semiotics, the Belgium-based agency that provides strategic communication advice to scientists, scientific organizations and academic institutions. …”

OHP is currently leading the development and program planning for the 5th International One Health Congress https://onehealthplatform.com/international-one-health-congress in Saskatoon, Canada June 22-25, 2018 in coordination and together with the extraordinary Canadian representative planners and VIPs from the University of Saskatchewan, Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases and Surveillance (SACIDS), University of Calgary and Saskatoon, SK’s On Purpose Events http://onpurpose.ca/about-us/.

Note that members of the OHP’s Scientific Advisory Board https://onehealthplatform.com/ohp/who-we-are/scientific-advisory-board include:  Dr. Tom Monath [MD] http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/2ST26%20B%20Kaplan%20-%208877.pdf who is a co-founding member of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team; Dr. David L. Heymann [MD], Editor, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual and Director, U.K. Health Protection Agency (United Kingdom), Dr. Martyn H. Jeggo [BVetMed, PhD], Director, Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Deakin University Medical School, Melbourne, Australia, and Dr. Lawrence C. Madoff [MD], Editor, ProMED-mail, Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an infectious disease public health physician (USA)... are distinguished members of the OHI teams Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php.

In addition, the OHP is host to the “One Health Official Journal of the One Health Foundation” http://www.journals.elsevier.com/one-health.

OHP works collaboratively with the U.S. One Health Commission (OHC) and the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team (OHI) to foster the worldwide yearly “One Health Day”

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Federal Panel Passes Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Resolutions RE: One Health - Saturday, March 03, 2018
 
Federal Panel Passes Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Resolutions
"Although initiated through executive order, we unanimously recommend that the PACCARB be codified into law to sustain the One Health partnerships formed and continue its mission to produce reports and recommendations that influence federal CARB-related activities, both domestic and abroad," ...
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