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“Vaccines for zoonoses: a one Health paradigm” - Thomas P. Monath, MD, One Health Initiative Team - Friday, March 02, 2018

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SciTech Europa Quarterly Issue 26 – March 2018

“Vaccines for zoonoses: a one Health paradigm” – Pages 227-229


... describes some of the achievements of the One Health Initiative team’s Dr. Thomas P. Monath, who is also launching a new and exciting vaccine company.

“One of the One Health Initiative team’s co-founders and leaders is an internationally-recognised eminent physician virologist and vaccinologist, Thomas P. Monath, MD.  From 2014-2017, Monath was Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Operations Officer of the Infectious Disease Division at NewLink Genetics Corporation, a cancer immunotherapy company. He currently serves as a Consultant to BioProtection Systems/NewLink Genetics Corp. In September 2014 identified Monath as second among the 50 most influential people in the vaccines industry.1,2  …”

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One health: Joint health research - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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One health: Joint health research

BfR, FLI and RKI support the European program for the reduction of infectious diseases in humans and animals

BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment


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"Antimicrobial resistance and threats through new pathogens are controversial examples of the extent to which the health and illness of humans, animals and the environment are linked together," says Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, President of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). "A joint European research programme under the auspices of One Health can help to counter microbial risks effectively." The German partners of the European Joint Programme on One Health are the BfR, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute and the Robert Koch Institute.

The goal of the European Joint Programme (EJP) is to build up a European platform for One Health which satisfies the needs of European and national political decision makers and interest groups (stakeholders). To this end, European institutions from the fields of medicine, veterinary medicine and consumer health protection in the food sector are to expand their cooperation in order to achieve progress in the containment of foodborne zoonoses (infections transferred between humans and animals), antimicrobial resistance and new infection hazards (emerging threats).

The One Health concept takes into account the close link between human health, animal health and the environment. Accordingly, the close connection between the safety of feeds and foods and human and animal health and environmental contamination is observed. The examination of infectious pathogens which can be transferred from animals to humans is an important focal point of this EJP, a new research programme within the EU framework programme for research and innovation "Horizon 2020" sponsored by the European Commission. The One Health EJP (Grant Agreement 773830) is headed by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES).

The cooperation between the 40 partners is to be strengthened by the programme. Each partner also has reference tasks, which means that they set the yardstick for examinations. They already form an organised network and represent a research community in the thematic areas of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats. Over a total period of five years, a sum of € 90 million is to be spent on activities within this network. 50% of the costs are being provided by the European Commission with the other half being carried by each respective member state.

The One Health EJP will generate scientific data, methods and software programs which can be used by national and European institutions to assess health risks and possible preventive measures. An exchange with other large-scale projects sponsored by the European Commission will be guaranteed at the same time. One of the tasks will be the efficient and regular transfer of knowledge between the research community and national authorities, as well as international and European stakeholders.

BfR sub-projects

A further goal of the One Health EJP is the expansion of collaboration between the institutes through interdisciplinary cooperation. This is to be realised through joint research projects and integrative schemes, as well as basic and further training measures. The BfR is involved in five research projects and two integrative schemes and is heading the "Science to Policy Translation" work package, in which measures for the best possible transfer of results from the research projects and integrative schemes to the stakeholders involved in the areas of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats are to be developed.

The BfR is also coordinating the integrative project "ORION" (One health surRveillance Initiative on harmOnisation of data collection and interpretation). The main focus of this project is the exchange of data and information generated during the monitoring, collection and interpretation of data on health and wellbeing. Cooperation among the institutions is also being further improved through the cooperation of 13 institutes from seven countries active in the fields of public health and veterinary medicine.


About the BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. It advises the Federal Government and Federal Laender on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.

This text version is a translation of the original German text which is the only legally binding version.

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Antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria still high in humans, animals and food, say ECDC and EFSA - Needs "EU One Health Action Plan against antimicrobial resistance" - Tuesday, February 27, 2018


February 27, 2017

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Antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria still high in humans, animals and food, say ECDC and EFSA

Bacteria from humans and animals continue to show resistance to antimicrobials according to a new report published today by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The report highlights some emerging issues and confirms antimicrobial resistance as one of the biggest threats to public health, mainly by reducing the effectiveness of treatment options.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety reaffirmed his commitment to tackle AMR: “Levels of antimicrobial resistance still differ significantly from one EU country to another. To win the fight, we need to join our efforts and implement stringent policies on the use of antibiotics across sectors. It is vital that we all renew our commitment to fight antimicrobial resistance by focusing on the key areas set out in the EU One Health Action Plan against antimicrobial resistance.

Among the new findings, based on data from 2016, are detection of resistance to carbapenems in poultry, an antibiotic which is not authorised for use in animals, and of ESBL-producing Salmonella Kentucky with high resistance to ciprofloxacin in humans, which was reported for the first time in four countries. ...

STUDENT TEAMS FROM MAKERERE AND IOWA STATE WIN THE 2017 ONE HEALTH DAY STUDENT EVENT COMPETITION - One Health Commission - One Health Initiative Team - One Health Platform Foundation Monday, February 26, 2018 - Monday, February 26, 2018


One Health Commission - One Health Initiative Team - One Health Platform Foundation

Monday, February 26, 2018.







26 February 2018     



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The second annual global One Health Day, held on 3 November 2017, generated over 110 events in over 28 countries. Officially launched in April 2016 by three leading international One Health groups, the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, and the One Health Platform Foundation, this initiative has grown into an annual, global platform for One Health advocates to educate about One Health and One Health challenges. While One Health events happening any time of the year can be registered to celebrate One Health Day, competing student led events must happen within a September 1 to November 30 window.

Today, the One Health Day Coordinating Team enthusiastically announces the winners of the 2017 One Health Day Student Events Competition. Competing groups had to meet a set of qualifying criteria and were required to submit a post-event summary. The One Health Day organizers were impressed with the work of the Student Event teams, and, based on an objective assessment, two teams are each being awarded a $2,000 prize. The winning 2017 One Health Day Student Event Competition teams are: the Makerere University One Health Student Innovation Club, which organized a Rabies Vaccination and Awareness Campaign in Uganda, and Iowa One Health for organizing the second Iowa One Health Conference.

Prizes will be officially awarded during a live event at the 5th International One Health Congress, which will be held in Saskatoon, Canada, from 22 to 25 June 2018. The 2018 One Health Day Student competition will be launched in early April and will have a slightly different set of requirements.

A special word of thanks goes out to the One Health Day Student Event Judges for lending their names and expertise to this important endeavor:

  • Prof. David Heymann, Chatham House, UK
  • Prof. Linfa Wang, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Prof. Tammi Krecek, Texas University
  • Prof. Daniel Lucey, Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC)
  • Prof. Peter Rabinowitz, Center for One Health Research, University of Washington

More information about One Health Day is available online at


About One Health Day

One Health Day answers the urgent need for a One Health trans-disciplinary approach towards solving today’s critical global health challenges. It is a timely initiative that gives scientists and advocates a powerful voice for moving beyond current provincial approaches to emerging zoonotic infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, environmental pollution, food safety, comparative/ translational medicine and many other problems, to a holistic default way of doing business.

About One Health

One Health is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations, in both research and applied sciences, between human and animal health arenas, chemical, engineering and social scientists, dentists, nurses, agriculturalists and food producers, wildlife and environmental health specialists and many other related disciplines, assembled under the One Health umbrella. As early as 2010 the World Bank recognized and published documentary evidence supporting benefits of a One Health approach in disease prevention, public health and global security. Today, the One Health approach is being increasingly accepted by numerous major international organizations such as the World Medical Association (WMA), the World Veterinary Association (WVA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many other supporting organizations can be found at

Top epidemic-prone diseases without sufficient counter measures - World Health Organization (WHO), February 12, 2018 - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Top epidemic-prone diseases without sufficient counter measures

World Health Organization (WHO) - Feb 12 2018


“The value of a One Health approach was stressed, including a parallel prioritization processes for animal health. Such an effort would support research and development to prevent and control animal diseases minimising spill-over and enhancing food security. The possible utility of animal vaccines for preventing public health emergencies was also noted.”

Top epidemic-prone diseases without sufficient counter measures

12 February 2018 – World Health Organization (WHO) releases its 2018 list of priority pathogens that have the potential to cause a public health emergency and which have no, or insufficient, countermeasures. WHO calls on the medical community to unite in greater R&D efforts for these 8 diseases to develop treatments and vaccines to help control outbreaks.

A One Health Physician Advocate: Sona Jasani, MD is Honored by the American Health Council for “Best in Medicine” - Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sona Jasani, MD is Honored by the American Health Council for “Best in Medicine”

February 14, 2018 08:00 ET | Source: American Health Council

NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Health Council is honored to name Sona Jasani, MD as one of “America’s Best Doctors” for her unparalleled professional dedication and extraordinary contributions to the medical field. As the director of One Health Initiative at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey for nearly two years, Dr. Jasani guides a transdisciplinary, collaborative group of physicians, veterinarians, ecological sciences, and public health experts through exceptional leadership. She maintains an active schedule as she also lends her expertise in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pelvic/Abnormal Bleeding, and Minimally-Invasive Procedures to Rutgers’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. With nearly six years of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Jasani contributes extensive knowledge to women’s health through practice and research. ...  She plans to evolve her work in One Health Initiative by building transdisciplinary partnerships to continue innovating within medicine, science, and health.

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The World Bank: "Investing in One Health...One Health Approach is Critical to De-risk Human, Animal and Environmental Health" - Tuesday, February 13, 2018


The World Bank Group  (


Tuesday, February 13, 2018.


Policy Brief

Investing in One Health

A concerted approach to address shared risks to humans, animals,

and the environment

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One Health Approach is Critical to De-risk Human, Animal and Environmental Health

“... Four takeaways from this Framework:

  • Starting points for One Health vary by context, disease, and objectives. Public health systems must be agile enough to address all hazards. While not all public health threats require a One Health approach, countries need strong human, animal, and environmental health/management systems and coordination between them to determine which sectors are relevant for understanding and managing risk.

  • One Health is integral to the success of multisectoral national action plans for health security, to address antimicrobial resistance, and for disaster risk reduction. It can optimize pandemic preparedness planning and enhance climate change vulnerability assessments.

  • One Health approaches should be built into project design from the outset. Engaging all relevant stakeholders early on can help optimize project success by promoting a common understanding of issues and joint solutions to address them, anticipating risks, targeting gaps, reducing duplication, and facilitating relevant coordination channels.

  • Communication is a key priority for One Health understanding and implementation. Planning for disease events and maintaining strong multi-sector coordination channels helps ensure consistent and effective messaging to manage risk, enhance efficiency, and promote credibility of all sectors. ...”

Vaccines for zoonoses: a one Health paradigm - February 9, 2018 - Friday, February 09, 2018

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One health: The interface between veterinary and human health - Wednesday, February 07, 2018


Review (Published online: 29-01-2018) Open Access - International Journal of One Health


One health: The interface between veterinary and human health


Kshitiz Shrestha, Krishna Prasad Acharya and Sujan Shrestha

International Journal of One Health, 4: 8-14

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Citation: Shrestha K, Acharya KP, Shrestha S. One health: The interface between veterinary and human health. Int J One Health 2018;4:8-14.


One Health is an emerging global key concept integrating human and animal health through international research and policy. The complex relationships between the human and animal have resulted in a human-animal-environment interface since prehistorical times. The people, animals, plants, and the environment are so intrinsically linked that prevention of risks and the mitigation of effects of crises that originate at the interface between humans, animals, and their environments can only improve health and wellbeing. The “One Health” approach has been successfully implemented in numerous projects around the world. The containment of pandemic threats such as avian influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome within months of outbreak are few examples of successful applications of the One Health paradigm. The paper begins with a brief overview of the human-animal interface and continues with the socio-economic and public health impact caused by various zoonotic diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome, Influenza, and Ebola virus. This is followed by the role of “One Health” to deal the global problem by the global solution. It emphasizes the interdisciplinary collaboration, training for health professionals and institutional support to minimize global health threats due to infectious diseases. The broad definition of the concept is supposed to lead multiple interpretations that impede the effective implementation of One Health approach within veterinary profession, within the medical profession, by wildlife specialists and by environmentalists, while on the other side, it gives a value of interdisciplinary collaboration for reducing threats in human-animal-environment interface.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bulletin (02/01/2018) - What YOU can do to practice #foodsafety on Super Bowl Sunday - Thursday, February 01, 2018


What YOU can do to practice #foodsafety on Super Bowl Sunday

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National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

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

February 2018

Outbreak Linked to Raw Sprouts


A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections has been linked to raw sprouts served on sandwiches at Jimmy John’s restaurants in several states. Raw and lightly cooked sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness.

Be Antibiotics Aware: What Everyone Should Know


Did you know that antibiotics only treat bacterial infections? Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections are caused by viruses?

If you take antibiotics when they’re not needed, they won’t help you – and the side effects can still hurt you. Check out this chart to find out which common illnesses are usually viral or bacterial and when antibiotics are necessary.


Super Bowl Food Safety Tips


Tackling a buffet on Super Bowl Sunday? Make sure your gathering is memorable for all the right reasons and learn more about these rules:

1. Keep it clean

2. Cook it well

3. Keep it safe

4. Watch the time

5. Avoid mix-ups

6. Store and reheat leftovers the right way



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