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The 5th International Congress Scientific Programme Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance Saskatoon, Canada June 22-25, 2018 - Monday, January 15, 2018

5th International One Health Congress Saskatoon, Canada June 22-25th 2018

Scientific Programme Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance


*Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP - Research Scholar, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; Columnist, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a co-founder of the One Health Initiative team

**David L. Heymann, MD – Editor, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, Director, U.K. Health Protection Agency (United Kingdom) and a member of the One Health Initiative team’s Advisory Board

A very significant One Health Alliance: Clinical Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA) - Thursday, January 11, 2018

A very significant One Health Alliance


Clinical Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA)

Advancing the understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals



One Health is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working together locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the shared environment.

Our Mission

The Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA) is comprised of veterinary schools partnered with medical and other colleagues through a National Institutes of Health Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA). COHA’s mission is to advance our understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals. The alliance leverages the expertise of physicians, research scientists, veterinarians, and other professionals to find solutions for medical problems and to address the well-being of humans, animals, and the environment. This approach will capitalize on One Health opportunities that accelerate translational research.

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Ten Years of Important documented One Health highlights...still valid today: ONLY Tip-of-the-Iceberg! - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Why One Health? 

Ten years of Important documented One Health highlights...still valid today: ONLY Tip-of-the-Iceberg!

Editor’s note: By definition, “In a jury trial, a directed verdict is an order from the presiding judge to the jury to return a particular verdict. Typically, the judge orders a directed verdict after finding that no reasonable jury could reach a decision to the contrary.” 

The following, in addition to other documented examples [and many others in numerous publications], including endorsements of One Health/One Health Approach by a large cadre of reputable national and international individuals, organizations and institutions &, would likely lead most, if not all, presiding judges to issue a directed verdict in favor of One Health/One Health Approach implementation forthwith!


September 2017:

MOST RECENT, SEE Renowned Physician Interventional Cardiologist Endorses One Health Concept


August 2016: Former director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaks at Library of Congress discussing (about 56 minutes) interconnections of human and animal health with environmental health.   Pointed out was that no one discipline or sector of society has enough knowledge and resources to prevent the emergence or resurgence of diseases in today's globalized world. This "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


October 2015: Hudson Institute Report NATIONAL BLUEPRINT FOR BIODEFENSE:

Report in full:

TABLE 1: RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION ITEMS Integrate animal health and One Health approaches into biodefense strategies.

Recommendation 7a Institutionalize One Health. ... III. RECOGNIZING AND INSTITUTIONALIZING THE ONE HEALTH CONCEPT See pages 19 & 20

“...A One Health approach can also inform priorities for human infectious diseases. When it became clear in 2014 that no countermeasures for Ebola were ready for the largest Ebola outbreak the world had ever seen, many policy conversations that followed were about priorities. We must have a means of determining what to fund with finite resources. The threats and risks among agents of both bioterror and emerging infectious diseases are equally serious. MTDs have been very important for the prioritization of activities around biodefense, yet there is no analogous prioritization system for emerging diseases....”


December 2014: “The business case for One Health” - Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 81(2), 6 pages – Open Access


September 2013: Visionary landmark article Vaccines against diseases transmitted from animals to humans: A one health paradigm” by medical virologist and vaccinologist physician notes principles of utilizing the One Health approach, i.e. multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary collaborations between animal health and human health industries and regulators can definitely help develop immunization products for such purposes.  gives reasonable guidelines to make it happen sooner rather than later. Examples: including West Nile, brucellosis, Escherichia coli, O157:H7, rabies, Rift Valley fever, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Hendra virus, Mycobacterium bovis, and Lyme disease. Indeed, another September 2013 publication was published that discussed the dramatic food safety potential for using a vaccine in cattle to protect against human foodborne illness caused by E. coli, O157


November 2012: American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) President Endorses One Health and


November 2011: National League of Cities - Adopted [One Health Resolution] at the 2011 Congress of Cities


January 2010: ILAR Journal, 2010, Volume 51 Number 3, “One Health: The Intersection of Humans, Animals, and the Environment”: ;


June 2009: Orthopedic Surgeons (a veterinarian and physician) Research Creative Hip and Knee replacements for Dogs and Humans Together -

One Health in ACTION!  Orthopedic Surgeons (a veterinarian and physician) Research Creative Hip and Knee Replacements for Dogs and Humans Together


March 2008: Classic relevant One Health PowerPoint slides at ICEID meeting in Atlanta, GA...from a co-founder One Health Initiative team & website, an eminent virologist and vaccinologist

Editor’s addendum:  Please see

Laura Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP at University of Cambridge, "Meat, Monkeys, and Mosquitoes: A One Health Perspective on Emerging Diseases - Friday, January 05, 2018



“The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is an interdisciplinary research centre at CRASSH within the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse.”


Laura Kahn - Meat, Monkeys, and Mosquitoes: A One Health Perspective on Emerging Diseases​


Published on 14 December 2017

Agriculture is the foundation of civilization. Food security from agriculture enabled the growth of cities; cities led to nations, and nations discovered the science and technology that allowed our numbers to grow.

But agriculture comes with costs including deforestation, environmental destruction, and emerging diseases. Meeting the growing world population’s demand for food, especially meat, while ensuring global health and sustainability in an era of climate change is one of the great challenges of the 21st century.

One Health is the concept that human, animal, and environmental health are linked. This concept can serve as a framework to analyze the interrelationships between food security, the environment, and emerging diseases. Approximately 75 percent of newly emerging diseases come from animals, called “zoonoses.” Mosquito-borne zoonoses, such as West Nile virus and Zika virus, exemplify the importance of implementing a One Health approach to interdisciplinary threats.

About the speaker: Dr Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP

Reminder: ONE HEALTH, Where animal and human health intersect - Tuesday, January 02, 2018


ONE HEALTH - Where animal and human health intersect: Pan European Networks, Science and Technology DECEMBER 2017 – First posted on One Health Initiative website Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Pan European Networks, Science & Technology


Where animal and human health intersect

December 2017 . Issue 25 (see pages *4 and **166-169)

*First please read Contents Introduction (page 4) by senior editor Clifford Holt includes antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the need for employing a One Health approach for helping to combat this dangerous societal health issue link or see PDF 

**Then read the One Health Initiative team interview (pages 166 – 169)  -  or see PDF

Preliminarily published online or in November 2017.

U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Stay Healthy Around Animals - Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Stay Healthy Around Animals

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Stay Healthy Around Animals



Interacting with animals at zoos and other animal exhibits can be fun and educational. But even the animals we see at the zoo can carry harmful germs that make us sick. Animals can spread harmful germs even if they’re healthy and look normal.


Stay healthy around animals by following these tips:


  • Always wash your hands with soap and water right after visiting animals.
  • Never eat, drink, or put anything in your mouth around animals.
  • Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with weakened immune systems should be extra careful around animals.


 If you work at a zoo or animal exhibit, check out the updated Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings.


 See More Information on How to Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits


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

Brief Definitions of One Health and One Health approach - Tuesday, December 26, 2017




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.  The object is different but the experience obtained constitutes the basis of all medicine.”

  --Rudolf Virchow, MD (the father of cellular pathology)--


A brief definition of One Health:

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.


A brief definition of the One Health approach:

One Health recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. The goal of One Health is to encourage the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines-working locally, nationally, and globally-to achieve the best health for people, animals, and our environment.

An outstanding USA One Health institution… University of Georgia - Saturday, December 23, 2017

An outstanding USA One Health institution…




Division of One Health

One Health describes the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines – working locally, nationally, and internationally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment.

The Division of One Health at the UGA Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute seeks to promote and expand the ongoing One Health efforts of UGA faculty, students and staff who share One Health’s unified vision towards combating today’s global health threats.

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Preventing an "Outbreak Anywhere" from Becoming an "Outbreak Everywhere" - Friday, December 22, 2017
Preventing an "Outbreak Anywhere" from Becoming an "Outbreak Everywhere"
Zoonotic diseases are one place to start as more than 60% of known diseases spread from animals and roughly 75% of new or emerging diseases in humans spread from animals. The concept of One Health (ie, that the health of humans is connected to that of animals and the environment) plays an ...
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National Directory Makes Reporting Animal and Human Abuse Easier (USA) - Tuesday, December 19, 2017


National Directory Makes Reporting Animal and Human Abuse Easier



Coordinator, The National Link Coalition (USA)

(The National Resource Center on The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence)

A cross-disciplinary movement began taking shape within the animal protection field in the 1990s that parallels One Health. This movement, called “The Link,” focuses on areas where animal abuse and interpersonal violence intersect. Fueled by empirical literature demonstrating that animal abuse often predicts or indicates co-occurring child maltreatment, domestic violence and elder abuse, significant achievements in public policy, community services, and public and professional awareness have ensued. 

The newest development is the National Directory of Abuse Investigation Agencies. Currently, 36 states mandate or permit veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse, paralleling the imperative among physicians to prevent child abuse. Diagnostic literature, training curricula, veterinary associations’ support, and practice management guidelines have facilitated such reporting, but the last missing link was widespread confusion on the local level among practitioners who do not  know where to report their suspicions.

The free Directory, available at, solves this problem. It lists specific agencies in over 6,500 cities and counties that investigate allegations of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.

The Directory also identifies each state’s hotlines to report other family violence. Veterinarians are mandated reporters of child and elder abuse in 23 states. Humane and animal control officers are similarly mandated in 29 states.

The Directory is needed because the investigation of animal welfare complaints is not systematized. Depending on the jurisdiction, reports may be investigated by a humane society, SPCA, animal control/services, police, or sheriff. Meanwhile, contrary to popular opinion, local humane societies and SPCAs are not branches of national organizations.

“Veterinarians often encounter a bureaucratic runaround,” said Phil Arkow, National Link Coalition Coordinator.  “Unlike the simplified hotlines for child, domestic and elder abuse, animal protection is fragmented with no statewide coordination. Each agency operates independently with varying degrees of enforcement, resources, training, capacity, and priorities.

“A caller to an animal shelter may be told to call law enforcement; the police or sheriff may say they are not trained in animal welfare issues and to call animal control. The result is a veterinarian who gives up in frustration and animal abuse that goes unresolved. The Directory cuts through the confusion.”

The Directory cautions that in many under-represented areas, cruelty investigations default to police or sheriffs whose enforcement may not be vigorous, particularly in smaller communities. “But animal cruelty is a crime like any other they are required to investigate, and law enforcement officers need to know this,” he said.

Veterinarians are reminded that they are medical, not legal, experts, and that determining whether a situation is prosecutable can be determined only by the courts. Veterinarians do not have to “know” if a condition is cruelty: their role is to be the animals’ first line of defense; to report and document findings for further investigation; and to present them in a court of law if necessary.

Awareness of the links between animal and human violence has resulted in:


  • All 50 states now define some animal abuses as felonies, compared with only 5 in 1990.
  • 32 states allow courts to include pets and livestock in domestic violence protection orders.
  • Alaska and Illinois now allow courts to award custody of pets in divorce settlements in the animals’ best interests, similar to child custody provisions.
  • Over 100 domestic violence shelters now also accommodate pets, and 600 others have off-site foster care, to eliminate the barrier to safety for women who fear what will befall their pets if they leave abusive situations.
  • The FBI now includes physical abuse, animal hoarding and neglect, animal fighting, and animal sexual abuse in its National Incident Based Reporting System. These data will illuminate, for the first time, the prevalence of animal abuse in the U.S.
  • Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies are assigning personnel to investigations and prosecutions of cruelty cases.
  • Veterinary forensic science has become a specialized discipline to train veterinarians in crime scene, histopathology, necropsy and diagnostic skills long employed in human medicine.
  • Veterinarians, dentists and hairdressers have been identified as the three professions most likely to encounter abused women. Veterinarians in Scotland and New Zealand are ardently supporting programs to end domestic violence.
  • Veterinary Social Work addresses the “human side” of veterinary medicine and the “animal side” of social work. Social workers are learning that the definition of family often includes companion animals and that social services interventions often involve animal issues.

Phil Arkow is Coordinator of the National Link Coalition, a network of 3,400 multidisciplinary professionals which since 2008 has served as the National Resource Center on the Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence. He may be reached at

                -- Writings/Vets-One Health 2018.doc

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