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The Nagoya protocol and research on emerging infectious diseases - Friday, October 04, 2019

US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health

The Nagoya protocol and research on emerging infectious diseases

“...The One Health approach, where human, animal and environmental health are considered as inevitably linked, is widely accepted as a pillar of public health....” https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(07)01082-0/fulltext

SEE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6560375/

Bull World Health Organ. 2019 Jun 1; 97(6): 379. Published online 2019 Jun 1. doi: 10.2471/BLT.19.232173 PMCID: PMC6560375 PMID: 31210672


Outbreak, a Smithsonian exhibit about epidemics, spreads to The Health Museum - Thursday, October 03, 2019

Texas Medical Center (USA)

Outbreak, a Smithsonian exhibit about epidemics, spreads to The Health Museum

CURATED: The Intersection of Arts and Medicine

See: https://www.tmc.edu/news/2019/10/outbreak-a-smithsonian-exhibit-on-epidemics-spreads-to-the-health-museum/

“...The main message of the exhibit is that humans, animals and bacteria are all connected.

“The secondary message of the exhibit is about working together,” Sholts said. “We have to work across disciplines—we have to work and collaborate across countries—because an outbreak anywhere is a threat everywhere.”

Sholts and her team at the NMNH conceived the idea of traveling DIY exhibits to promote their “one health” goal. ...”


DUKE (USA) ONE HEALTH Newsletter - ISSUE 18 October 2019 - Tuesday, October 01, 2019

DUKE (USA) ONE HEALTH Newsletter - ISSUE 18 October 2019

 

One Health Leaders Highlight the Need to Bring Animal Agriculture Industries into the Conversation

 

In a commentary published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Professor Greg Gray of Duke University’s One Health team and Professor Jonna Mazet of the University of California at Davis’s One Health Institute discuss a great need to incorporate animal agriculture in One Health research and training efforts.

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SEE: https://mailchi.mp/7e9f74bc293b/oh-newsletter-october-issue


U.S. One Health Coalition forming in support of the One Health Act of 2019: Urgent Action Needed! - Monday, September 30, 2019

U.S. One Health Coalition forming in support of the One Health Act of 2019

Urgent Action Needed!

Recently, H.R. 3771/S. 1903 the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2019 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. This legislation would require USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] and HHS [Health and Human Services], in coordination with other specified agencies and departments, to develop, publish, and submit to Congress a national One Health Framework for coordinated Federal activities under a One Health Program. 

An Ad hoc group of supporters from the One Health Commission (OHC), the International Student One Health Alliance (ISOHA), the One Health Initiative pro bono team (OHI), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV) is working to mobilize the U.S. One Health Community in support of these bills.

We are reaching out to you to ask if your organization would like to be part of the U.S. One Health Coalition that will be working to educate Congress about One Health and to pass the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act. A broad coalition of diverse organizations will demonstrate strong support for the legislation and improve the prospect of passage in the 116 th Congress.  ...”

To read complete message, please see https://myemail.constantcontact.com/ACTION---One-Health-Coalition-Forming-to-support-the-One-Health-Act-of-2019.html?soid=1121110857318&aid=s0d97qHq7BQ


Auburn University's (USA) One Health program prepares professionals to take on growing environmental health threats - Friday, September 27, 2019

Auburn University's One Health program prepares professionals to take on growing environmental health threats

PR NewswireSeptember 26, 2019

AUBURN, Ala. (USA), Sept. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Health-related interactions among people, animals and the environment have a profound influence on disease risk, transmission and prediction efforts.

SEE complete news release at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/auburn-universitys-one-health-program-prepares-professionals-growing-190000191.html

 Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is now offering a One Health online graduate certificate program for public health workers and educators. The One Health certificate program provides students with an understanding of the nexus among human, environmental and animal health, which forms the basis of planetary health."   Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is now offering a One Health online graduate certificate program for public health workers and educators. The One Health certificate program provides students with an understanding of the nexus among human, environmental and animal health, which forms the basis of planetary health.

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One Health, a graduate certification program offered by the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, presents a new integration of human, veterinary and environmental sciences. The program is a partnership of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the Auburn University colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health.

Experts in diverse fields have studied human-animal-environmental interactions for decades. But awareness of those linkages is now critical in the face of increasingly volatile factors such as climate change, population growth, land use and changes in disease vector ecology, said Graeme Lockaby, associate dean for research in Auburn's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

"Our One Health Graduate Certificate provides students with an understanding of the nexus among human, environmental and animal health which forms the basis of planetary health," Lockaby said. "Presently, health issues are very complex and often involve interactions among life cycles of pathogens and arbovirus vectors, human risk factors and environmental drivers."

The One Health initiative impacts society on multiple levels, including veterinary medicine, water and natural resource management, community planning, public health and education and agricultural practices. The professional certification program requires 15 credit hours of online coursework in which students examine public health threats, including infectious diseases, and assess strategies for creating sustainable local and global ecosystems. These credits can also be applied to the pursuit of a master's degree.

Auburn Assistant Professor of Disease Ecology Sarah Zohdy said students seeking One Health certification will take on issues that are not just complex, but also extraordinarily time-sensitive.

"The human population is rapidly growing and our reliance on natural resources is stronger than ever, although the resources themselves are finite," Zohdy said. "The most prevalent health problems humans face in modern times are heavily linked to environmental conditions and ecosystem health."

She said the One Health concept is groundbreaking in its proactive approach.

"In recent decades, the approach to mitigate diseases has been reactive, treating symptoms of disease rather than addressing the causes," she said. "By integrating a One Health approach we can proactively address human, animal and environmental health issues."

Janaki Alavalapati, dean of Auburn's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, said the certification program is essential to provide professionals with the tools they need to take on environmental health threats.

"The Auburn University One Health online graduate program clearly represents an area of crucial need and importance within our state as well as nationally and globally," Alavalapati said.

An estimated 60 percent of human infectious diseases and 70 percent of emerging human diseases have their source in domestic or wild animals. These zoonotic diseases include rabies, West Nile virus, Rift Valley fever and brucellosis, among others.

Often, animal health can serve as a warning for human disease transmission, Lockaby said. For example, agents that determine risk of West Nile virus include environmental factors that favor reproduction of the Culex mosquito species, and bird habitats that serve as reservoirs of the disease.

Those determinants, combined with socioeconomic factors that render some people especially vulnerable to the disease, call for an urgent, wide-scale endeavor.

"It is crucial that people engaged in many types of activities—such as health specialists, city managers, stormwater managers and urban planners—understand the complexity and degree to which causal factors may be interrelated and act accordingly," Lockaby said.  

Kelly M. Stevens, director of Infectious Disease and Outbreaks in the Bureau of Communicable Disease at the Alabama Department of Public Health, or ADPH, said the issues One Health is taking on are highly prioritized because of the great number of infectious diseases in humans that are spread by animals.

"The ADPH recognizes that the health of our citizenry is connected to the health of animals and our environment," Stevens said. "ADPH strives to improve the health of our community though collaborative and multidisciplinary efforts to monitor and control public health threats."

Lockaby said the program is likely to expand as environmental threats grow.

"The need for training from the One Health perspective will become even more acute in the future, as climates shift and diseases emerge in new locations," Lockaby said. "Our goal is to provide a starting point for the One Health conversation that must continue indefinitely."

More information about the One Health certificate program is available by contacting School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Graduate Program Coordinator Rebecca Masic at 334-844-8027 or rbm0010@auburn.edu.

The One Health program is one of three online graduate certificate programs, along with Restoration Ecology and Forest Finance and Investment, now offered by the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Details about all of these online programs are available at http://sfws.auburn.edu/online-professional-graduate-certificate-programs/.

The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is a flagship institution for natural resources-based degrees including natural resource management, geospatial and environmental informatics, and sustainable biomaterials and packaging. The school is also the backbone to Alabama's $24 billion forest, wildlife, and natural resources industry. Its mission is to create future professionals and leaders, to develop new knowledge and science based solutions, and share them with individuals, families, communities, and industries so that they can make informed decisions to advance their business and well-being.


U.S. pushes global effort to fight antibiotic resistance at UN meeting - Wednesday, September 25, 2019

US pushes global effort to fight antibiotic resistance at UN meeting

SEE: https://www.axios.com/antimicrobial-resistance-antibiotics-un-alex-azar-5881018f-4540-47f8-b06a-ef4c58c4cd67.html

The bottom line: Other experts in the field tell Axios they agree there's an urgent need to focus on the AMR Challenge's "one health" approach to target ...

“The bottom line: Other experts in the field tell Axios they agree there's an urgent need to focus on the AMR Challenge's "one health" approach to target humans, animals and the environment. ...”


Do we need a Global Virome Project?...Important Implications to One Health - Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Important Implications to One Health...

“...The big idea is to gradually build a global atlas of most of the planet's naturally occurring potentially zoonotic viruses by systematically creating the missing maps. Broadening the knowledge base on viral sequences, geographical ranges, and host distributions would provide vital intelligence about humanity's formidable microbial enemy. The three specific benefits that the project would provide are early warning of future threats, data to improve prevention and reduction of these threats, and inputs for advance preparation of responses for unexpected outbreaks of unknown diseases.”

Do we need a Global Virome Project?

The Lancet Global Health: COMMENT|- VOLUME 7, ISSUE 10, PE1314-E, OCTOBER 1, 2019 Open-Access SEE https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30335-3


Animal Lovers and Zoonotic Diseases: 5 Things to Know - Friday, September 20, 2019

Please see “Animal Lovers and Zoonotic Diseases: 5 Things to Know

[https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/918142#vp_1?src=par_cdc_stm_mscpedt&faf=1]

Published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) One Health Office in collaboration with MedScape, September 20, 2019 ...

Provided by:

Laura (Smith) Murrell, MA, Health Communication Specialist, Health Communication Science Office & One Health Office, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (O) 404-639-7704  (M) 470-572-3178


Flu Hunter: Unlocking the Secrets of a Virus - U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal (EID) - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

One Health in Action...

“...Two themes appear throughout the book. The first is that influenza is a quintessential One Health pathogen that can only be understood when studied in humans and other animals but especially in both its wild and domestic bird reservoirs. Throughout his career, Webster has championed this approach, which has led to many of the breakthroughs in how we approach influenza prevention and control today. The second theme is the need for collaboration and cooperation to successfully address the challenges posed by influenza, an idea Webster has lived out by mentoring and working with influenza scientists throughout the world. ...”     

 

Emerging Infectious Diseases EID Journal

Books and Media: Flu Hunter: Unlocking the Secrets of a Virus

Robert G. Webster,
Otago University Press, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2018
ISBN-10: 1988531314; ISBN-13: 978-1988531311
Pages: 220; Price: $24.99 (Paperback)

Cite This Article DOI: 10.3201/eid2510.190880 Original Publication Date: 9/5/2019

Figure. Flu Hunter: Unlocking the Secrets of a Virus

Flu Hunter: Unlocking the Secrets of a Virus offers an engaging and highly readable homage to the influenza virus by one of the world’s preeminent influenza virologists, Dr. Rob Webster (Figure). Although the book is nominally an autobiographical account of Webster’s career, the central figure is often the influenza virus itself, with each of the 17 chapters focusing on an influenza-related event from the past century. ...


Louisiana One Health in Action (USA)...A Significant One Health example with Worldwide relevance! - Sunday, September 15, 2019

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