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Raccoon Roundworms in Pet Kinkajous --- Three States, 1999 and 2010 - U.S. CDC Report - March 18, 2011 - Friday, March 18, 2011

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

 

Raccoon Roundworms in Pet Kinkajous --- Three States, 1999 and 2010

March 18, 2011 / 60(10);302-305

Baylisascaris procyonis (BP) is the common roundworm of raccoons (Procyon lotor). Adult BP live in the small intestine of this host, where they produce eggs that are passed in the feces. BP eggs ingested by nondefinitive host species hatch in the intestine, producing larvae that can migrate widely, causing visceral, ocular, or neural larva migrans (1). Cases of neural larva migrans in humans caused by BP likely acquired from raccoons have resulted in severe encephalitis with permanent deficits and in death (1--3). Although raccoons are the most common definitive host of BP in North America, some other carnivores, including domestic dogs, can serve as definitive hosts, making them a potential source of human disease (1). Less well-documented is infection in procyonids other than raccoons (e.g., kinkajous [Potos flavus] [Figure 1], coatis [Nasua spp.], olingos [Bassaricyon spp.], and ringtails [Bassariscus astutus]) and the potential for transmission from these species to humans. This report describes cases of BP infection in pet kinkajous that placed humans at risk for infection. Avoiding contact with feces from potentially infected animals and routine deworming of pets, including dogs and exotic species that might host this parasite, will prevent infection with BP.

Read more: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6010a2.htm?s_cid=mm6010a2_e&source=govdelivery


U. S. City Mayor Strongly Endorses One Health Concept and Principles - March 10, 2011 - Sunday, March 13, 2011

U. S. City Mayor Strongly Endorses One Health Concept and Principles

 

The Mayor of Moscow, Idaho (USA), Nancy Chaney recently [March 10, 2011] sent the following One Health endorsement statement to the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team.  The city of Moscow, located in north central Idaho along the Washington/Idaho border, is home to the University of Idaho, the primary research University for the State. Mayor Chaney’s comment could serve as a model for other political leaders in the U.S. and worldwide.

 

“The One Health Initiative is a platform for multi-disciplinary collaboration to solve today’s complex problems and ward-off future ones. Fragmented and narrowly-focused interests cannot adequately address relationships among human activities, global climate change, food production, potable water, disease distribution, endangered ecosystems, and humans’ powerful will to enjoy the best lives possible. As a nurse and policy maker, trained in environmental science and married to a veterinarian, I am encouraged and excited by the possibilities envisioned by motivated partners in the fields of human and veterinary medicine, environmental science, and complementary interests. Please join me in supporting the One Health Initiative!”

 

Nancy Chaney, Mayor, City of Moscow Idaho, RN, MS (Environmental Science)

  


2nd Infection, Ecology and Epidemiology Network (IEE) Scientific meeting - March 15-16, 2011 – Sigtuna, Sweden - Friday, March 11, 2011

2nd Infection, Ecology and Epidemiology Network (IEE) Scientific meeting

March 15-16, 2011 – Sigtuna, Sweden

Registration is now closed (fully booked)

Preliminary program

Workshop I-IV

Abstracts

John Woodall: The One Health Initiative and ProMed-mail

Liana Steeghs: Immuno Valley

Björn Olsen: How much is the loss of a tiger worth?

Erik Forsberg: UppsalaBIO

Lovisa Svensson: Infection Ecology and Epidemiology Network

Anne Tuiskunen: Dengue fever among swedish tourists from 1995 to 2010

Christian Ehrenborg: TBA

Staffan Svärd: Science for Life Laboratory


One Health Research for Animals and Humans – University of Missouri-Columbia’s Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory (USA) - Wednesday, March 09, 2011

One Health Research for Animals and Humans – University of Missouri-Columbia’s Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory (USA)

 

Foundation for Biomedical Research

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info@fbresearch.org

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www.researchsaves.org

 

Foundation for Biomedical Research’s (FBR) newest TV spot, “Emma’s Story," is now airing on national networks including Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. The 60-second spot features a young Labrador Retriever named Emma that received groundbreaking surgery to cure her of lameness by veterinarian, Dr. James L. Cook, the director of University of Missouri-Columbia’s Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory who performed Emma’s surgery and says today she is as good as new.  “Emma’s Story” shows viewers how animal research helps animals and humans too.  Watch “Emma’s Story” now on:

 

 YouTube


Emerging Threats to One Health: Implications to U.S. National Security - University of Missouri (USA) - April 12, 2011 - Monday, March 07, 2011

An Important Meeting to Consider and Attend …

 

 Emerging Threats to One Health: Implications to U.S. National Security

 University of Missouri (USA) – Reynolds Alumni Center… April 12, 2011 

http://muconf.missouri.edu/odni/Program.html  

 

“Health Security has historically been marginalized in it's criticality to U.S. National Security. Real world events such as SARS, Avian Influenza, Mad Cow Disease, and West Nile Virus, to name a few, have underscored the economic, social, political, and health impacts of Health Security on a global scale. The National Academies of Science (NAS) study "Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, emphasizes the need for a pipeline of young Americans in STEM fields, and reinforces the deeper underlying challenges necessary for the educational system to develop broad-based accredited  programs that support globalization. Health Security is one of the core challenges that societies must address in order to emerge and flourish.”

 

Annette Sobel, MD, MS

Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Opportunities

Adjunct Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Family Medicine Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute

Guest Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

University of Missouri-Columbia (USA)


“Infection, Ecology and Epidemiology (IEE Network)” 2nd meeting will be in Sigtuna, Sweden, 15-16 March, 2011 - Friday, March 04, 2011

Reminder…

 

“Infection, Ecology and Epidemiology (IEE Network)” 2nd meeting will be in Sigtuna, Sweden, 15-16 March, 2011

http://www.sigtunastiftelsen.se/in+english__.html

Key note lecturer:  Dr. John (Jack) Woodall is a viral epidemiologist, member of the One Health team and currently the contents manager of the One Health Initiative website’s ProMED-mail page.  Read more about dr Woodall here! You will find pictures from the first IEE meeting 16-17 March, 2010, here

Björn Olsen, MD, Professor, Senior Physician Infectious Diseases Uppsala University and University Hospital (Sweden) leads the IEE Network and is a significant One Health supporter.  Dr. Olsen also serves on the One Health Initiative website’s Honorary Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php.

 

 

The One Health Initiative [Keynote Abstract]

 

John P. Woodall, PhD [Contents Manager, One Health Initiative website ProMed Outbreaks Reports http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/promed.php]

 

Co-founder & Associate Editor, ProMED-mail, International Society for Infectious Diseases, Boston, Mass. USA

 

woodall@promedmail.org

 

                Abstract:  The roots of the One Health movement go back hundreds of years, but One Health has taken on momentum recently with the recognition that most newly emerging diseases are zoonoses, introduced to humans by the accelerating destruction of habitat, which brings more people into contact with wildlife and their diseases. The One Health Initiative is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations between physicians, osteopaths, veterinarians, dentists, nurses and other scientific health and environmentally related disciplines, including their students.

 

The One Health Initiative (OHI), which was founded in 2006 by Bruce Kaplan, a veterinarian, and Laura Kahn, a physician, aims to be an internet-based clearinghouse for news and discussion about the One Health movement worldwide, and to encourage the development of interchange between physicians, veterinarians and those concerned with environmental health.  Physician Tom Monath and viral epidemiologist John (Jack) Woodall have since joined the team. It has a pro bono autonomous website <www.onehealthinitiative.com>, which in February 2011 had over 8,000 unique visits from 114 countries.

 

Institutions that have given their support include the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), Global Alliance for Rabies Control, Immuno Valley Consortium, Netherlands, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium, Italian Society of Preventive Medicine, New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine, SAPUVETNET III, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Veterinarians without Borders, Canada and Zoonotic and Emerging Diseases, UK.

 

The OHI Advisory Board includes Björn Olsen, MD of Uppsala University Hospital. More than 500 prominent scientists, physicians and veterinarians worldwide have endorsed the initiative.


Penn State University (USA) website for the Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science Links to One Health Initiative Website - Monday, February 28, 2011

Penn State University (USA) website for the Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science Links to One Health Initiative Website

 

The One Health Initiative website has been notified that the Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania (USA) website for the Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science is providing a reciprocal link to this website.

 

Click on http://www.science.psu.edu/alert/frontiers to access the homepage for the 2011 Frontiers of Science series, then click on the "Learning Resources" link http://www.science.psu.edu/alert/frontiers/learning-resources/learning-resources-2011 in the left navigation bar, and then scroll down to the section titles "Learning Resources pertaining to Vivek Kapur's Lecture, where you will find the link titled "The One Health Initiative."

 

Courtesy of:

 

Barbara K. Kennedy
Director of the Penn State Eberly College of Science Office of Media Relations and Public Information,
Editor of Science Journal, Advisor of the Penn State Ballroom Dance Club
520 Thomas Building, University Park PA  16802-2112


Yale School of Medicine: Yale Human Animal Health Project – A Center for “One Health” studies (USA) - Thursday, February 24, 2011

 

Yale School of Medicine: Yale Human Animal Health Project – A Center for “One Health” studies (USA)

 

The Yale Human Animal Medicine Project, at the Yale School of Medicine, is advancing on a number of fronts under the direction of program director Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH.  According to Dr. Rabinowitz these include zoonoses in general, the occupational health of animal workers, and animals as sentinels. “There is also a necessity of finding and defining the clinically important intersections between human and animal medicine”, he said.  Drs. Rabinowitz and Lisa Conti [DVM, MPH] co-edited and co-authored the landmark One Health book “Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks”. http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/product.jsp?isbn=9781416068372. 

 

Please read more at http://tools.medicine.yale.edu/humananimalmedicine/


A One Health in ACTION example from the 20th century - Published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS), 1983;65:137 - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A One Health in ACTION example from the 20th century:

 

The short life’s history of John L. Marshall, DVM, MD (1936 – 1980) demonstrates the tremendous potential of combining human and veterinary medical knowledge.  Dr. Marshall was a prominent orthopedic surgeon (first as a veterinarian and then as a physician) who appreciated the comparative biomedical research disciplines of veterinary medicine and human medicine.


http://www.ejbjs.org/cgi/reprint/65/1/137.pdf

 

Published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS), 1983;65:137

 

Permission to post on One Health Initiative website was graciously granted February 20, 2011 by:

 

Beth Ann Rocheleau

Intellectual Property Manager

Rockwater, Inc.

Note: Permission is not transferable.  License to use this material from this site by any commercial organization will require securing formal permission.  Inquiries from third parties requesting permission to use the material are directed to JBJS http://www.jbjs.org/.

 


Outstanding One Health-One Medicine Program: Unique Program Facilitator at University of Missouri (MU) - USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Outstanding One Health-One Medicine Program: Unique Program Facilitator at University of Missouri (MU) - USA

 

 

Carolyn Henry, DVM, MS is the One Health/One Medicine Program Facilitator at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO (USA).  She says, “My interest area is comparative oncology, but as the new Provost-appointed facilitator for the One Health/One Medicine initiative at the University of Missouri, my job description now includes fostering collaboration between investigators in all areas of one health/one medicine.  I have dual faculty appointments at the College of  Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine and a keen interest in promoting awareness of the value of translational and transdisciplinary efforts that bridge human and animal health.” 

 

It was pointed out to Dr. Henry about a formerly posted ‘One Health in ACTION’ University of Missouri News item on this website Wednesday, June 3, 2009 entitled “Orthopedic Surgeons (a veterinarian and physician) Research Creative Hip and Knee Replacements for Dogs and Humans Together”:

 

Veterinarian James “Jimi” Cook, DVM, PhD, a University of Missouri-Columbia college of veterinary medicine professor of orthopedic surgery and physician B. Sonny Bal, MD, JD, MBA, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery college of medicine have collaborated for over seven years on efforts to create hip and knee replacements without using commonplace biomechanical metal and plastic materials.  The technique being developed by Dr. Cook for dogs initially, involves use of laboratory grown tissue (cartilage) that can be molded into replicas of joints that require replacement.  Drs. Bal and Cook are concomitantly developing a process whereby a similar process can be adapted for humans.”

 

Dedicated to all parameters of One Health/One Medicine, she noted, “In my opinion, Drs. Cook and Bal, and their colleagues epitomize the value of translational research.”

 

Dr. Henry serves as a professor of oncology at the College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine.  Her cancer research activities focus on comparative models of human disease, including canine bone, bladder and prostate cancer and on biomarker discovery and applications for cancer screening and diagnosis.  She earned a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) and master’s degree (MS) from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.  Dr. Henry was on the faculty at Washington State University before coming to MU in 1997.  http://www.missouri.edu/mizzou-advantage/one-health-one-medicine/index.php

 

 

As previously reported, Robert V. Duncan, PhD, Vice Chancellor for research at the University issued the following One Health endorsement to the One Health Initiative website on Tuesday February 8, 2011.  Dr. Duncan is also a professor of Physics at the University.

 

“The University of Missouri (MU) is fortunate to have a very strong program in One Health, with many of our leading physicians and veterinarians working closely together in the development of new approaches to cancer research, innovative new approaches to orthopedic medicine, and efforts to detect and respond to new disease threats, to name just a few.  Our complement of interdisciplinary centers, such as our Research Reactor, which produces more radioisotopes for medicine than any other reactor in the United States, to forefront research in in-vivo visualization and characterization of microcirculation, to our forefront role in the development of numerous transgenic animal models for medical studies that provide a national resource, MU is dedicated and capitalized to support One Health as a leader in all aspects of this discipline.” 


 
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