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Former Mayor and Prominent One Health Initiative Advisory Board Member Issues Letter to United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Supporting ...‘‘Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2018’’ - Monday, April 09, 2018

Former Mayor and Prominent One Health Initiative Advisory Board Member Issues Letter to United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Supporting ...

 

‘‘Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2018’’, a bipartisan U.S. Senate Bill introduced for public health—One Health is a NON-PARTISAN issue

Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) have introduced this visionary bipartisan Senate Bill S.2615 regarding One Health, a non-partisan issue.

https://smithsenate.app.box.com/s/y4cjf9e2kl7kzbyeb4jg8q2engdgofiw. 

 Details of bill https://smithsenate.app.box.com/s/8q8y8fgvkgyn0vue5rjh1d628vyk50ca.

For more on S.2615, see Https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2615/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%22tina+smith%22%7D&r=18

April 4, 2018

 

Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions [https://www.help.senate.gov/]

Hon. Lamar Alexander, Chair

428 Senate Dirksen Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

RE: S.2615 – “Advancing Emergency Preparedness through One Health Act of 2018”

 

Dear Chairman Alexander and members of the HELP Committee:

Thank you for considering S.2615, a non-partisan bill co-sponsored by Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Todd Young (R-IN) to establish an interagency One Health program, among other purposes. This is to ask you to report this bill to the full body with your recommendation for approval.

Connections among human, animal, and environmental health fall generally under the jurisdiction of your committee, as they relate to health, public welfare, miners, biomedical research, agricultural colleges, education, and even the Red Cross. It is vital that we address them in a coordinated, integrated, “unsiloed” framework, as would be enabled by this proposed legislation.   

Elected officials represent a wide range of interests and expertise, and arrive at policy decisions from those foundational perspectives. This is to urge you to consider this One Health Act from what you know… medicine, agriculture, education, systems thinking, workforce resiliency, military preparedness, etc. The One Health approach applies to concerns like cross-species infectious disease transmission (e.g. E-coli 0157, pandemic flu), vector-borne diseases (e.g. Zika), animal models for human illnesses (e.g. Alzheimer’s), efficacy of antibiotics and other drugs, immediate and long-range adverse effects of environmental contaminants (e.g. black lung disease), holistic emergency preparedness and responsiveness (e.g. hurricanes/severe storms, wildfire, floods), food safety, economic implications for commodity exports (e.g. certifiable quality of wheat, apples, soybeans, corn, fish), bioterrorism/food security, military medical readiness, capacity to produce food animals and crops under changing environmental circumstances, opening the minds and job opportunities for One Health leaders of tomorrow, and more.

As a nurse, environmental scientist, medical student trainer, former mayor and leader in my state association and National League of Cities, spouse of a veterinarian, and member of the One Health advisory board, I try to see the big picture. I hope you can too. Please support S.2615 for the future of our country and our world.

Respectfully,

Nancy Chaney

[Nancy Chaney, RN, MS – Environmental Science– Past President, Association of Idaho Cities and Board member, National League of Cities, former mayor, City of Moscow Idaho (USA) http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php]

 C:       Hon. Mike Crapo, Senator from Idaho

           Hon. James Risch, Senator from Idaho

Note:

*Mayor Chaney shepherded an historic One Health resolution through the National League of Cities in 2011 http://onehealthinitiative.com/news.php?query=National+League+of+Cities+-+Adopted+%5BOne+Health+Resolution%5D+at+the+2011+Congress+of+Cities+-+November+12%2C+2011+%28USA%29+ or https://goo.gl/BVMVGS.

**The American Nurses Association (ANA) officially endorsed the One Health Initiative December 9, 2010 http://www.theamericannurse.org/2011/02/02/ana-joins-the-one-health-initiative/

***See http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/news.php?query=Call+to+action+for+U.S.+One+Health+legislation...%91%91Advancing+Emergency+Preparedness+Through+One+Health+Act+of+2018%92%92%2C+a+bipartisan+Senate+Bill+introduced+for+public+health%97One+Health+is+a+NON-PARTISAN+issue+ or https://goo.gl/MgKvAW.


New coronavirus emerges from bats in China, devastates young swine | National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Thursday, April 05, 2018

New coronavirus emerges from bats in China, devastates young swine | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

For complete read, see: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-emerges-bats-china-devastates-young-swine

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

News Releases Media Advisory Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New coronavirus emerges from bats in China, devastates young swine

Identified in same region, from same bats, as SARS coronavirus.

What

A newly identified coronavirus that killed nearly 25,000 piglets in 2016-17 in China emerged from horseshoe bats near the origin of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which emerged in 2002 in the same bat species. The new virus is named swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV). It does not appear to infect people, unlike SARS-CoV which infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774. No SARS-CoV cases have been identified since 2004. The study investigators identified SADS-CoV on four pig farms in China’s Guangdong Province. The work was a collaboration among scientists from EcoHealth Alliance, Duke-NUS Medical School, Wuhan Institute of Virology and other organizations, and was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. The research is published in the journal Nature.

The researchers say the finding is an important reminder that identifying new viruses in animals and quickly determining their potential to infect people is a key way to reduce global health threats.  [A One Health issue]

SADS-CoV began killing piglets on a farm near Foshan in Guangdong Province in late October 2016. Investigators initially suspected porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) as the cause.  PEDV is a type of coronavirus common to swine that had been identified at the Foshan farm. Detection of PEDV ceased by mid-January 2017, yet piglets continued to die, suggesting a different cause. Scientists say separating sick sows and piglets from the rest of the herd helped stop the outbreak of SADS-CoV by May 2017.

Investigators confirmed the connection of SADS-CoV to bats by identifying the new virus in the small intestine of piglets from the outbreak. They then determined that the genetic sequence of SADS-CoV is similar to that of a bat coronavirus discovered in 2007 and looked for evidence of SADS-CoV in bat specimens collected from 2013 to 2016 in Guangdong Province. The new virus appeared in 71 of 596 specimens (11.9 percent).

The researchers also tested 35 farm workers who had close contact with sick pigs, none of whom tested positive for SADS-CoV.

Currently six coronaviruses are known to cause disease in people, but so far only two of them — SARS-CoV and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus — have caused large outbreaks of fatal illness in people.

Article P Zhou, et al. Fatal swine acute diarrhea syndrome caused by an HKU2-related coronavirus of bat origin. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0010-9 (2018).

Who NIAID’s Erik Stemmy, Ph.D., Human Coronavirus Research Program Officer, is available for comment.

Contact To schedule interviews, please contact Ken Pekoc, (301) 402-1663, kpekoc@niaid.nih.gov (link sends e-mail).

This research was supported by NIAID award R01AI110964.

NIAID conducts and supports research — at NIH, throughout the United States, and worldwide — to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing and treating these illnesses. News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available on the NIAID website

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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Third Annual ONE HEALTH DAY Press Release - April 4, 2018 - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

 

4 April 2018     For Immediate Release

 

THIRD ANNUAL ONE HEALTH DAY INTRODUCES EXCITING UPDATES

2018 EDITION LAUNCHED TODAY BY THREE INTERNATIONAL ONE HEALTH GROUPS

3 November is the official observance date of the annual global One Health Day.  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, One Health Day raises awareness about the One Health approach to complex health problems involving people, animals and the environment. One Health Day has grown into a sustainable platform for One Health supporters around the world to educate about One Health and One Health issues in their locals.

Today, the three global partners launch promotions of the 2018 One Health Day campaign, calling upon individuals and groups from around the world to implement One Health educational projects and awareness events under its auspices. Anyone, from academia to government to corporate to private individuals can plan and implement a One Health Day Event which can be organized any time of the year and does not have to fall right on 3 November (unless participating in the student events competition).

The global One Health Day Events webpage and map provides an impressive account of registered One Health Day events. Online registration is free of charge and yields special benefits: promotion on the One Health Day website, free use of the One Health Day logo and other materials and –a new benefit in 2018 – the chance for a surprise visit by a renowned One Health leader at selected One Health Day events. These surprise visitors will bring energy and excitement to the selected events by adding the weight of their One Health personality and scientific renown. Event organizers are encouraged to register as early as possible for a chance to be selected.

To emphasize and encourage the next generation of One Health experts, multi-disciplinary student groups can again compete for cash prizes and global recognition. This year the criteria for competing student groups have been slightly relaxed. Student Teams are required to provide ‘student in good standing’ letters from their university, register their event 2 weeks prior to and submit a specified post-event summary. Four Student Competition awards of $2,000 will go to the top event in each of four global regions so students are encouraged to begin planning now!

 

Contact(s):
Cheryl Stroud, +1 984-500-8593 (USA), 
cstroud@onehealthcommission.org
Chris Vanlangendonck, +32 475 81 38 59 (Belgium), 
c.vanlangendonck@onehealthplatform.com

www.onehealthday.org

 

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 and recently reiterated the criticality of making it the global default way of thinking and acting. 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 http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php


Call to action for U.S. One Health legislation...‘‘Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2018’’, a bipartisan Senate Bill introduced for public health—One Health is a NON-PARTISAN issue - Monday, April 02, 2018

Let us go forward together

Winston S. Churchill

Call to action for U.S. One Health legislation...

 

‘‘Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2018’’, a bipartisan Senate Bill introduced for public health—One Health is a NON-PARTISAN issue

Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) have introduced this visionary bipartisan Senate Bill S.2615 regarding One Health, a non-partisan issue.

‘The Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act’ would improve federal efforts in preventing and responding to human and animal health emergencies by advancing a One Health approach across Federal agencies. One Health is the idea that humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked. ... Complete description: https://smithsenate.app.box.com/s/y4cjf9e2kl7kzbyeb4jg8q2engdgofiw.   Specific details of the bill at https://smithsenate.app.box.com/s/8q8y8fgvkgyn0vue5rjh1d628vyk50ca.  For more on S.2615, see Https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2615/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%22tina+smith%22%7D&r=18

 

A One Health approach does not distinguish between Democrats, Republicans or Independents, nor between liberals, conservatives or libertarians, nor Americans, Europeans, Africans or Asians, nor different religious persuasions...all people can freely receive life protecting and life saving benefits.  One Health represents a co-equal all inclusive interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary movement for efficacious and expeditious global public health and global clinical health.

This legislation needs to happen sooner rather than later!

Brief definitions:

What does one health mean?

One Health is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. Together, the three make up the One Health triad, and the health of each is inextricably connected to the others in the triad.

What is the one health approach?

One Health: a concept that became an approach and then a movement. Aim of One Health: To improve health and well-being through the prevention of risks and the mitigation of effects of crises that originate at the interface between humans, animals and their various environments.

What is the One Health Initiative?

About the One Health Initiative. The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.

Addressed are global public health and global comparative medicine issues such as Heart Disease, Cancer, Orthopedic Disease, Anesthesiology, Obesity, Parasitic Diseases, Tuberculosis, Global Infectious Disease, Influenza, Human Hepatitis C virus, Tickborne Diseases, Food Safety, Hendra virus vaccine, Aspergillus felis, Immunizations (vaccinations), Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Ebola, Antibiotic Use and Resistance, Staphylococcus resistant infections, Environmental health Policymaking, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses, Renderpest, Emergency/Disaster preparedness and many others.

 

  • One Health Advancements/justifications for implementation (43 examples—tip of the iceberg!):

http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/ONE%20HEALTH%20a%20significant%20international%20public%20health%20comparative%20medicine%20OHI%20POSTING%20May%2013%202015.pdf

 

  • One Health Endorsements:

http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php and http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/One%20Health%20Endorsements%20June%202011%20to%20December%202015.pdf


Important One Health issues addressed - Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association NEWS, March 28, 2018 - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Important One Health issues addressed - Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association NEWS, March 28, 2018

 

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Animal sentinels sounding the alert

American Veterinary Medical Association

"Sentinel species are an important component of the one-health initiative, and veterinarians are becoming a key component of that because of their unique training," Dr. Bossart said. "They're trying to tell us what's going on in our oceans, and we're not good at listening to that. It's important for us to look ...

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Environment: the bedrock of one health

American Veterinary Medical Association

At first glance, veterinarians' role in environmental health is less apparent than their role in the other two legs of the one-health triad. One health, as defined by the AVMA, is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and ...

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A one-health solution to the toxic algae problem

American Veterinary Medical Association

Concerns like these, along with the likelihood that HABs are growing in frequency and distribution, have galvanized a global community of veterinarians and other scientists who interact with like-minded experts in government agencies in a one-health approach to better understand toxigenic ...

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Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2018 Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) - Sunday, March 25, 2018

Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2018 Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN)

The Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act would improve federal efforts in preventing and responding to human and animal health emergencies by advancing a One Health approach across Federal agencies. One Health is the idea that humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked. ...

 

Complete Read, SEE: https://smithsenate.app.box.com/s/y4cjf9e2kl7kzbyeb4jg8q2engdgofiw


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)

Slide presentation: 3d&docid=1e748d13f24f348cea0f0cccc46dbe363


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.


 
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