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2nd World Veterinary Association/World Medical Association GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON ONE HEALTH – November 10 -11, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016

Posted One Health Initiative website Wednesday, December 21, 2016


2nd World Veterinary Association/World Medical Association GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON ONE HEALTH – November 10 -11, 2016


Moving forward from One Health Concept to One Health Approach 10 -11th November 2016, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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The 2GCOH resulted in the historic signature on the Memorandum of Fukuoka by WVA, WMA, JMA and JMVA. The 4 associations agreed to move from the validation and recognition stage of the “One Health Concept”, to the practical implementation stage:


i. Physicians and veterinarians shall promote the exchange of information aimed at preventing zoonotic diseases and strengthening cooperative relationships, as well as to undertake further collaboration and cooperation aimed at creating a system for zoonosis research.

ii. Physicians and veterinarians shall strengthen their cooperative relationships to ensure the responsible use of important antimicrobials in human and animal healthcare.

iii. Physicians and veterinarians shall support activities for developing and improving human and veterinary medical education, including understanding the One Health concept and approach to One Health challenges.

iv. Physicians and veterinarians shall promote mutual exchange and strengthen their cooperative relationships in order to resolve all issues related to the creation of a healthy and safe society.


Following the successful 2GCOH, the WVA and WMA received a number of proposals from Veterinary and Medical Associations to hold the 3rd Global Conference on One Health in their countries showing their great interest to enhance the collaborations between the veterinarians and physicians to work together on One Health issues.”

Conquest of Ebola in Humans and Animals - December 23, 2016 - Friday, December 23, 2016




One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment.

One Health implementation will help protect and/or save untold millions of lives in our generation and for those to come.


 Between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines--nor should there be.”      Rudolf Virchow, MD (the father of cellular pathology)


A significant One Health issue...

NOTE:  The Ebola virus vaccine topic has been widely disseminated in national and international news reports today and yesterday:  


Conquest of Ebola in Humans and Animals

Provided to the One Health Initiative website December 23, 2016 by:

*Thomas P. Monath, MD

Chief Scientific & Chief Operating Officer

BioProtection Systems/NewLink Genetics Corp.

94 Jackson Rd. Suite 108

Devens, MA 01434

Henao-Restrepo et al. report the final results of a large efficacy trial of a novel, live attenuated vaccine against Ebola conducted in 2015 in the Republic of Guinea (Lancet, Published online December 22, 2016 A single inoculation of the vaccine proved 100% effective in preventing Ebola virus disease. The trial was conducted under the leadership of the World Health Organization, in difficult circumstances during the large West African epidemic underway at the time and utilized a ring vaccination strategy which is described in detail in the publication. The vaccine tested is a recombinant virus composed of vesicular stomatitis virus Indiana (VSV-I) in which the envelope glycoprotein of VSV has been replaced by the corresponding envelope protein of Zaire ebolavirus (ZEBOV). The use of VSV, a virus causing infection and disease in animals (cattle, horses, and pigs), as the backbone for construction of a human vaccine is certainly noteworthy in the context of One Health, although there are analogous examples (e.g. vaccinia). The recombinant VSV-ZEBOV vaccine (rVSV-ZEBOV) was originally developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and then licensed to and further developed by NewLink Genetics Corp. In 2014 the technology was exclusively licensed by NewLink to Merck, which is advancing development towards regulatory approval in the next 1-2 years.

It is expected that the availability of this vaccine will lead to the rapid control of future outbreaks of Ebola virus disease so that horrific events like the West African epidemic (2013-16) which caused over 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths, will never be seen again.

Ebola outbreaks arise when the virus spills over from primary or secondary wild animal hosts. Like other zoonoses this disease exemplifies many principles of One Health. The primary reservoir hosts of ebolavirus are fruit bats, and direct contact with these animals or with fomites contaminated by bats are a probable source of human infection. Fruit bats are valued as a food source and are hunted and sold as bushmeat. Other animals including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines may be secondarily infected, are also hunted as bushmeat, and serve as a source of human infections. It is a continuing challenge to educate local populations about the role of these animals in disease transmission when they are valued as food in subsistence economies.

The great apes are highly susceptible to ebolavirus and develop lethal infections similar to humans. Human outbreaks have been directly caused by transmission from ape carcasses contaminated with the virus. The great apes are already threatened by habitat loss and have a low reproductive rate, and ebolavirus further threatens their survival.  In 2003-2004 an epizootic of Zaire ebolavirus is believed to have killed over 90% of the western lowland gorillas in the Lossi Sanctuary and in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). By some estimates, over 50,000 great apes have died in ebolavirus outbreaks in Central Africa in the last 10-15 years. This is a concern for conservation in general, for ecotourism which supports local economies, and for public health.

Given the advances in vaccine development, an obvious question is: How to use vaccines to prevent disease and deaths in wild animals, particularly the great apes? The result could not only reduce the treat to these endangered species, but also potentially reduce the risk of virus transmission to humans. The problem is vaccine delivery rather than vaccine development. The rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine is safe and highly effective in preventing ebola in monkeys and almost certainly would be also safe and effective in apes. A non-replicating, recombinant virus-like particle vaccine was used successfully to immunize captive chimpanzees (Warfield KL et al., PNAS 2014;111:8873-6). Use of these injected vaccines in the wild might be limited to darting small numbers of habituated animals in reserves. Delivery of rVSV-ZEBOV in oral bait may be considered as the vaccine appears to work by the oral route in monkeys. More promising is recent work on recombinant cytomegaloviruses (CMV) expressing ebola glycoprotein (Marzi A et al. Sci Rep. 2016;6:21674). CMV is transmissible and causes persistent infections, so that once introduced the vaccine virus might spread within the ape population, thus avoiding the need to immunize individuals.

Now that the control of human Ebola virus disease appears to be close at hand through the use of a vaccine, extension to animal species affected by this disease is the next horizon. Reaching that goal will require close collaboration across the medical and veterinary fields, ecologists, conservation scientists, and others in the One Health community.

*Dr. Monath, a physician and eminent internationally recognized medical virologist, is a co-founder of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team and the One Health Initiative website


One Health: It’s for All of Us - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Thursday, December 22, 2016

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – About One Health

One Health: It’s for All of Us

The health of people, animals, and the environment is intertwined. A health hazard for people may likely be a health hazard for animals. For example, smoking is not only harmful to people; it’s harmful to pets too. Medical advances in understanding and treating a disease in one species, such as heart disease in people, may be applied to other species. And a change in the environment can affect all living things, from people to animals to plants. The One Health Initiative recognizes this inter-connectedness and advocates a comprehensive approach to health and environmental problems versus a piecemeal approach. By building bridges between physicians, veterinarians, environmental scientists, and public health professionals, the One Health Initiative aims to “promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species.”1    

“No one discipline or sector of society has enough knowledge and resources to prevent emergence or resurgence of diseases in today's globalized world. Through mutual collaborations, veterinarians and physicians can accomplish so much more together to advance the health of humans and animals,” said Dr. Bernadette Dunham, former director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and currently a visiting professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Zoonotic Diseases and Comparative Medicine

The link between human and animal health can be seen with bovine tuberculosis (TB) and brucellosis. Both are zoonotic diseases, meaning they can spread from animals to people. Bovine TB, caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium bovis, is most commonly found in cattle and other animals such as bison, elk, and deer. Brucellosis is another bacterial disease seen in livestock such as cattle, goats, and sheep, wild animals such as bison and elk, and other animals. People can become infected with both M. bovis and brucellosis by consuming contaminated, unpasteurized (raw) milk or dairy products and through direct contact with infected live animals or carcasses.

In the U.S., it was once common for cattle to spread bovine TB and brucellosis to people. But efforts to eliminate both diseases in cattle and routine pasteurization of cow’s milk have led to a dramatic decline in the number of human cases. At the beginning of the 20th century, about 20 percent of TB cases in people were caused by M. bovis.2 Today, that number is less than 2 percent in the U.S.3 From 1930 to 1941, about 29,600 cases of brucellosis in people were reported in the U.S.4 But from 1993 to 2010, fewer than 2,000 human cases were reported in the U.S.5

Initially, One Health efforts concentrated on preventing the spread of diseases from farm animals and wild animals to people. But more recently, One Health has begun to incorporate companion animals into its framework. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association established a One Health committee to not only focus on diseases that can spread from dogs, cats, and other pets to people but also on comparative medicine and the human-animal bond.6 The field of comparative medicine focuses on the similarities and differences between veterinary medicine and human medicine. ...

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One Health Platform Foundation—an update...See gracious Message to collaborating ‘One Health Day’ planning groups received December 19, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

See gracious Message to collaborating ‘One Health Day’ planning groups received December 19, 2016 from:

One Health Platform Foundation—an update

Dear International One Health Coalition partners,

I seize this opportunity to let you know that the One Health Platform foundation [] has revised and slightly changed its internal structure, in recognition of the important role played by funding organizations. To that end, we have transformed the Supporters Action Group into a real Industry Advisory Board, which will closely interact with our scientific experts to coordinate the implementation of the organization’s policy roadmap. The attached set of slides provides a good overview of our new structure and activities [“What we do”].  The second attachment is an electronic copy of the One Health Communicator (our printed periodical that brings recent news on a variety of One Health related subjects). The Communicator [One Health Communicator:] is a newspaper-sized tool, disseminated at major One Health events, such as the recently held One Health EcoHealth Congress in Melbourne.  The third document is the press release []

about the recently held One Health Day. We have set up this project together with the One Health Commission and the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, primarily to raise awareness about the One Health concept as an approach towards solving today’s critical global health challenges. And we are very proud to announce that the first One Health Day was celebrated on 3 November 2016 with 156 events held in 37 countries! The last enclosure is the announcement brochure of the 5th International One Health Congress, to be held in Saskatoon, Canada, from 22 to 25 June 2018. The preparations for this congress are progressing very well, and we have been able to promote the congress intensively during the Melbourne conference [Announcement brochure 5th International One Health Congress:]


We feel we have covered quite some ground in the past year and this would never have been possible without the valuable input of our partner organizations. On behalf of the Scientific Advisory Board, I wish to thank you once again for your support to our One Health objectives.

Wishing you a great festive season and a wonderful new year!

Kindest regards,

*David De Pooter

It's all connected
mobile: +32 479 45 74 46

*David De Pooter is an extraordinary content specialist at Semiotics, an internationally operating communication and advocacy agency, working for a variety of scientific organizations, consortia, academic institutions and EU projects. He's an expert in opening up complex content for either a wide or a very specific audience, with a passion for online search and social media techniques. David has been working for the European Scientific working Group on Influenza (ESWI) since 2003 and the One Health Platform since 2015. He acts as a communication manager and professional writer on medical topics for both organizations.

Editor’s comments: Historically, this visionary collaborative “One Health Day” effort, initiated and led by the One Health Commission (OHC) Executive Director Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD Biography, was originally the brain child of Dr. Stroud’s exceptional Associate Executive Director, Peter J. Costa, MPH, MCHES Biography.  Stroud presciently encouraged and engaged the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team (OHI team) along with the outstanding leader of the One Health Platform Foundation (OHP) and a leading Dutch virologist and influenza expert, Ab Osterhaus, DVM, PhD into joining co-equally to help plan and promote this important international project.  Financial funding was and is provided and handled via the OHC and OPH respectively; the OHI team operates pro bono with no outside funding available and does not participate in the financial aspects of the project.  The OHC, OHP and OHI team are currently coordinating efforts for this event to hopefully happen again next year (2017) and indefinitely thereafter.

This cooperative, co-equal collaborative coalition represents the true spirit of the One Health movement, i.e. a model to equipoise the focus and mutual interests of three prominent One Health groups for the sole purpose of advancing the One Health approach implementation per se worldwide.  Notably, many other One Health “silos” participated altruistically with over 150 “One Health” events worldwide in many countries from the African, Americas, Asian, European, and Oceania regions   

Safely celebrate the holidays with your pets - U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Monday, December 19, 2016


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Safely celebrate the holidays with your pets

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dog with boneSafely celebrate the holidays with your pets

Pets and other animals provide many benefits to people, like increasing fitness, lowering stress, and bringing happiness to their owners. But, did you know that animals can carry germs that can be shared with people?

It is hard to know which pets could be carrying diseases, especially since pets carrying these germs often look healthy and normal. This holiday season, keep in mind some tips that can help you and your pets stay healthy:

  • Practice good hygiene around your pets so they don't pass germs to you.
  • Learn about diseases different types of pets can spread - just in case.
  • Take your pet to its veterinarian regularly so it stays in good health.

You can also find out more about how CDC uses an approach called One Health to study and prevent diseases that spread between animals and people.

Happy Holidays!

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

DUKE UNIVERSITY - DUKE ONE HEALTH - Thursday, December 15, 2016


What is One Health?

holding-pig-squareWith rapid transportation of people, animals, and food, now the norm in many world economies, we are facing new complex zoonotic diseases and food safety problems on a scale never seen before. To respond to and control these problems, we will need new approaches. One Health, an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses animal, human, and environmental health, has been embraced as a way forward by many groups of professional experts. It is a worldwide strategy for advancing health care in humans, animals and the environment through communication and collaboration between multiple disciplines with the realization that human, animal, and environmental health are all connected.

The Duke One Health team serves as a base for the rapidly expanding Duke research portfolio in One Health, as well as a hub for encouraging ongoing campus-wide research activities in this field. Duke has an expansive academic and clinical network both domestically and abroad. This team provides a strong, interdisciplinary base for ongoing One Health activities across this network. ...


5th International One Health Congress - Canada, June 2018 - Monday, December 12, 2016


Announcement: 5th International One Health Congress travels to Canada in June 2018

Join the One Health research and policy community at the 5th International One Health Congress, which will be held in Saskatoon, Canada, on 22 - 25 June 2018. The congress is organized by the One Health Platform and the University of Saskatchewan, in close cooperation with the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS). Special attention will go to antimicrobial resistance, translational science, and recent advances in the fields of zoonoses and emerging infectious diseases. Visit the congress website at or download the announcement brochure

New version of the Epidemic Intelligence Information System for food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses (EPIS-FWD) launched - Sunday, December 11, 2016

Eurosurveillance, Volume 21, Issue 49, 08 December 2016


New version of the Epidemic Intelligence Information System for food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses (EPIS-FWD) launched

CM Gossner 1 , DVM, MSc, MBA, PhD

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1. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden

Correspondence: Celine Gossner (

Citation style for this article: Gossner CM. New version of the Epidemic Intelligence Information System for food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses (EPIS-FWD) launched. Euro Surveill. 2016;21(49):pii=30422. DOI:

On 1 December 2016 the third version of the Epidemic Intelligence Information System for food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses (EPIS-FWD) was launched. With this development, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) moved one step further towards the One Health approach.

In collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Molecular Typing Cluster Investigation (MTCI) module was expanded to also allow the assessment of Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Listeria monocytogenes microbiological clusters based on non-human isolates (i.e. food, feed, animal and environmental) and on a mix of non-human and human isolates.

Depending on the type of cluster assessed, the MTCIs are coordinated by ECDC or EFSA or jointly by both agencies together with public health and/or food safety and veterinary experts from the involved European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) Member States.

ECDC collects human typing data through the European Surveillance System (TESSy) since 2013 [1]. Typing data from non-human isolates can now be submitted by the food and veterinary authorities of the EU/EEA Member States through the EFSA molecular typing data collection system. Furthermore, the joint ECDC-EFSA molecular typing database allows the comparison of the typing data collected by ECDC and EFSA.

First launched in March 2010, the Epidemic Intelligence Information System for food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses (EPIS-FWD) has become an important tool for assessing on-going public health risks related to FWD events worldwide. Currently, 52 countries from five continents have access to the outbreak alerts in the EPIS-FWD [2].

Since its launch, 305 outbreak alerts have been assessed through the EPIS-FWD; 32 (10%) were from countries outside of the EU/EEA which underlines the global dimension of the system.

The Health Security Committee, a part of the European Commission and the officially nominated public health risk management authority in the EU/EEA, has access to the EPIS-FWD to ensure the link between risk assessment and risk management. The World Health Organisation (WHO), including the International Network of Food Safety Authorities (INFOSAN) managed jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO, is invited to contribute to the discussions in the EPIS-FWD when international outbreaks involve non-EU/EEA countries.

Through this new version of EPIS-FWD, ECDC and EFSA are encouraging the sharing of data between sectors and aspire to strengthen the multi-sectorial collaboration at international and national levels.


1.     van Walle I. ECDC starts pilot phase for collection of molecular typing data.Euro Surveill. 2013;18(3):20357.PMID: 23351656

2.     European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Tools and Information Sources 2016 [cited 2016 28 Nov]; Available from:

Special One Health meetings in Washington, DC (USA): ONE HEALTH ACADEMY - Friday, December 09, 2016

Special One Health meetings in Washington, DC (USA):


The One Health Academy promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among health professionals, industry, and policy makers by promoting public health, as well as environmental, food, agricultural, and economic protection.


Our monthly events serve to unite:

  • Federal governmental departments
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Private industry leaders

to promote collaboration through networking, discussion following educational presentations, and informal mentoring.


One Health Academy monthly meetings are dinner meetings held at the NEW Capital Yacht Club at Channel Inn located at 660 Water St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024 around the left side of the Inn on the water front (visit the Location Page for additional information). The meetings are typically the 2nd Thursday of every month from September to June with dinner starting at 6:30PM and the featured talk beginning between 7:15 to 7:30PM.

To register to attend a talk, please visit the RSVP page.

If you would like to become a member of the One Health Academy, please send an email to with the following information: 

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Email address 
  • Areas of interest


There is a 50 person limit for each meeting so we suggest you register early. The cost of the evening is $20 per person ($10 for students with ID) it includes dinner, discussion with colleagues, and networking.

If you have any questions about this event or future events you can contact us at 





CALL FOR SPEAKERSOne Health Academy is filling up our Speakers roster for 2016 meetings. If you know of someone who has something to speak about that could be of interest to our group please let us know. You can contact Will Sander at

POST ITMembers if you have something you would like to share with our members or request of One Health Academy please send it to Will Sander at and we will POST IT to our website.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OHAIf you are interested in helping in the organizing of our meetings, please contact Dr. Will Sander at

GRANT WRITER VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR OHA: If you have the "know how" on how to write a grant and time to give, please contact Dr. Tom McGinn at



The World We Need...Preparing Society to Create the World We Need through One Health Education - Dec 7, 2016 - Wednesday, December 07, 2016


Date: December 7, 2016



1. One Health Education Pre-Conference Survey


As you know, a One Health Education survey has been shared with those who responded with interest to our June 16 press release. Thank You to those who have already completed it. We took responses received by November 4 to prepare a preliminary summary for the November 18 online conference, but we left the survey open. If you have not yet participated and would like to do so, please find it here: Be sure to click 'Done' at the end to submit your responses.


This survey will close next Monday, December 12, and a final summary will be prepared and posted online on the One Health Education conference webpage.


2. November 18 online One Health Conference


Individuals who responded with interest to the June press release were also invited to attend an on-line conference held on November 18. Thank You very much to those of you who were able to participate. A summary of our very productive discussions that day will be available soon. 


Stay tuned for future developments. 


George Lueddeke, PhD, Chair, One Health Commission Education Task Force


Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD, Executive Director, One Health Commission


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