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Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (USA) One Health Task Force - Sunday, October 08, 2017

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National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Antibiotics Symposium Speaker Dr. Lonnie King: Urgent to Act Now -- October 31- November 2, 2017 - Hyatt Regency Dulles, Herndon, VA. (USA) - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Antibiotics Symposium Speaker Dr. Lonnie King: Urgent to Act Now

There are important issues to be discussed at the upcoming NIAA-hosted Antibiotic Symposium which, according to keynote speaker Dr. Lonnie King, are cost effective, can be implemented quickly, and can have an impact on antibiotic resistance now. 

Antibiotic Stewardship: Collaborative Strategy for Animal Agriculture and Human Health is the theme for the 7th Antibiotic Symposium presented by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), once again bringing together all sectors of the animal food production industry and partners in human medicine and public health. This year’s Symposium will be held October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Dulles, in Herndon, VA.

Dr. King, Professor and Dean Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, is presenting the closing remarks at the two and a half-day Symposium. His topic, What MUST Be Done Next: Prioritizing Immediate Actions, will seek to integrate the conclusions of the previous presenters, panel discussions and the deliberations of the participants into actions.

“We need different voices to produce consensus and cause action,” says Dr. King of the NIAA’s well-known focus on collaboration and bringing stakeholders together to analyze, evaluate, and discuss issues vital to the animal ag industry. Since 2011, NIAA has provided a setting for a thoughtful exchange of ideas for the betterment of animal and human health, including the use of antibiotics and the threat of resistance.

First, says Dr. King, is stewardship. “It doesn’t cost a lot to make good decisions and yet it does a lot to move the dial on the reduction of unnecessary use of antibiotics.” He cites thoughtful decisions that are made by health care providers and producers about the use of antibiotics.

Approximately 270 million prescriptions are written every year in human health, just for outpatients. At least 30% may be unnecessary, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with Pew Charitable Trusts and other public health and medical experts. Stewardship, in human health, is an effort to counter this unnecessary use of antibiotics being prescribed by clinicians and other healthcare professionals. In animal ag, too, stewardship is of growing importance to help ensure that antibiotics are used appropriately, judiciously, and to optimize health outcomes while reducing any negative consequences.

“Antibiotic resistance is a crisis in human health, and it could be crisis in animal health if we don't get on top of it,” says Dr. King. “After six years of discussion, we can see clearly that while improvements have been made, globally, we are probably further behind than we were in 2011.”

In the US, the recent adoption of FDA guidance and changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive to eliminate the use of medically important antibiotics to promote growth in food animals has been a game changer for production animal agriculture. However, he says, unless we can get better baseline measurements of where we started to compare with what comes next, we can't tell how productive it will be, or the potential costs and health impact of these changes.

Another part of the equation, according to Dr. King, is awareness and education. “The public and our producers both need an improved awareness of antibiotic resistance. It is a very complicated issue and we need to make it more personal, better understood and tackled with a greater sense of urgency. While more studies and research are needed, we already know enough to act aggressively and decisively to effectively address antibiotic resistance,” says Dr. King.

Dr. King complements NIAA for pushing forward a variety of voices of animal health and human health. “NIAA is forward-looking and deserves a lot of credit for the kinds of meetings that really result in follow-up and actions,” says Dr. King.

For more information or to register, go to NIAA’s website, Early bird registration discounts apply until October 13th.

NOTE:  Lonnie J. King, DVM, MP, MPA - Former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) new National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED) and past dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Professor of Preventive Medicine and current Interim Vice President for Agriculture and Dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University (USA) is an internationally renowned One Health expert and leader.  Dr. King also serves as a member of the One Health Initiative team’s Advisory Board

On World Day, UN announces global initiative to end deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030 - Thursday, September 28, 2017

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On World Day, UN announces global initiative to end deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030

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28 September 2017 – The largest global anti-rabies initiative to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030 was announced, today, World Rabies Day, making it a priority disease for key international organizations and governments, according to the United Nations health agency.

“The plan ensures support to countries in developing national plans, and provides innovative training and education tools across regional rabies networks,” said Dr. Bernadette Abela-Ridder today in a press statement on behalf the United Against Rabies collaboration, consisting of the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).

The plan Zero by 30: The Strategic Plan centres on a ‘One Health’ approach, addressing the disease in a holistic and cross-sectoral manner while highlighting the important role veterinary, health and educational services play in rabies prevention and control.

“Vaccines are a key component of the global plan and a trigger for national programmes. The United Against Rabies collaboration provides leadership and advocates for resources critical to reaching zero human rabies deaths by 2030,” Dr. Abela-Ridder added.

Rabies – a viral disease that occurs in more than 150 countries and territories – is usually fatal once symptoms appear. Dog-transmitted rabies accounts for about 99 per cent of human rabies cases. It is estimated that 59,000 people die every year from the disease. The statement pointed out that rabies is 100 per cent preventable, saying that the world has the knowledge, technology and vaccines for its elimination.

The alliance aims to prevent and respond to dog-transmitted rabies by improving awareness and education, reducing human rabies risk through expanded dog vaccinations and improving access to healthcare, medicines and vaccines for populations at risk.

Dr. Ren Minghui, WHO Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases maintained, “Working across sectors to eliminate human rabies aligns with WHO’s mission to leave no one behind by building a better, healthier future for people all over the world.”

The plan will generate and measure impact by implementing proven effective guidelines for rabies control, and encouraging the use of innovative surveillance technologies to monitor progress towards ‘zero by 30.’

“Eliminating human rabies contributes to the goal of providing affordable and equitable health care, while working with partners to prevent the disease in dogs, which is the most frequent source of infection," underscored Dr. Minghui.

The plan will also demonstrate the impact of the United against Rabies collaboration in national, regional, and global rabies elimination programmes to ensure the continued engagement and sustained financing of stakeholders at all levels.

Expressing FAO’s enthusiasm in being part of the development of the initiative, Ren Wang, FAO Assistant Director-General said, “Rural communities suffer the most from this preventable disease. Rabies puts not only their own health and wellbeing at risk, but also that of their animals, which can be a major or sole source of their livelihoods.”

“FAO has been supporting vaccination campaigns and the development of community-based programmes to prevent and eliminate rabies. This new initiative will enhance that work and can play an essential role in FAO’s overall goal to build stronger rural communities,” Mr. Wang stressed.

Attacking cancer with One Health approach is topic of Nov. 1, 2017 event - Thursday, September 28, 2017

Attacking cancer with One Health approach is topic of Nov. 1 event

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World Veterinary Association (WVA) and World Medical Association (WMA) Joint Press Release - September 27, 2017 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Elimination of dog-transmitted Rabies by 2030 targeted -World Veterinary Association (WVA) and World Medical Association (WMA) Joint Press Release - September 27, 2017

WVA [World Veterinary Association] President, Dr Johnson Chiang said: ‘Rabies control is a multidisciplinary and multidimensional activity. Participation and effective intersectoral cooperation among medical and veterinary professionals from government and academic institutions, civic and local bodies, national and international nongovernmental organizations, and animal welfare organizations is essential’.

WMA [World Medical Association] President, Dr Ketan Desai added: ‘If dog-transmitted rabies is to be eliminated, strengthening legislation concerning pet ownership, reducing the population of stray and unowned free-roaming dogs, broadly implementing dog vaccination programs, and provision of early rabies diagnostic facilities and adequate post-exposure health care are prerequisites. Dog-transmitted rabies elimination is an ideal opportunity to move the ‘One Health’ concept forward’.”


Elimination of dog-transmitted Rabies by 2030 targeted -World Veterinary Association (WVA) and World Medical Association (WMA) Joint Press Release - September 27, 2017 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SEPT 27, 2017: Elimination of dog-transmitted Rabies by 2030 targeted


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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Saving Lives By Taking A One Health Approach - September 2017 - Monday, September 25, 2017


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One Health Newsletter - Kansas State University (USA) - Sunday, September 24, 2017

One Health Newsletter

The first Kansas State University developed edition of the One Health Newsletter is scheduled to be released in October 2017, in advance of International One Health Day on November 3rd.  Contributions from professionals around the globe are welcome.   Previous issues of the newsletter and archival information can be found here.

The One Health Newsletter is a collaborative effort by a diverse group of scientists and health professionals committed to promoting One Health.  This quarterly newsletter was created to lend support to the One Health Initiative and is dedicated to enhancing the integration of animal, human, and environmental health for the benefit of all by demonstrating One Health in practice. To submit comments or article suggestions please email Rachel Reichenberger (

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The world is running out of antibiotics, WHO report confirms - September 20, 2017 - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What critical ingredient is missing in this important World Health Organization (WHO) message?


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 One Health conceptual approach needs to be hard-wired into all global public health and comparative medicine research and development messages nationally and worldwide.  There is more than ample evidence over the past decades of the 21st & 20th centuries and before that.  *See the practical, real world ‘tip-of-the-iceberg’ proof following a reprint of this important WHO September 20, 2017 “The World is running out of Antibiotics”!

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The world is running out of antibiotics, WHO report confirms

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20 September 2017 | Geneva - A report, Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis, launched today by WHO shows a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. The report found very few potential treatment options for those antibiotic-resistant infections identified by WHO as posing the greatest threat to health, including drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250 000 people each year.

"Antimicrobial resistance is a global health emergency that will seriously jeopardize progress in modern medicine," says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. "There is an urgent need for more investment in research and development for antibiotic-resistant infections including TB, otherwise we will be forced back to a time when people feared common infections and risked their lives from minor surgery."

In addition to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, WHO has identified 12 classes of priority pathogens – some of them causing common infections such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections – that are increasingly resistant to existing antibiotics and urgently in need of new treatments.

The report identifies 51 new antibiotics and biologicals in clinical development to treat priority antibiotic-resistant pathogens, as well as tuberculosis and the sometimes deadly diarrhoeal infection Clostridium difficile.

Among all these candidate medicines, however, only 8 are classed by WHO as innovative treatments that will add value to the current antibiotic treatment arsenal.

There is a serious lack of treatment options for multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant M. tuberculosis and gram-negative pathogens, including Acinetobacter and Enterobacteriaceae (such as Klebsiella and E.coli) which can cause severe and often deadly infections that pose a particular threat in hospitals and nursing homes.

There are also very few oral antibiotics in the pipeline, yet these are essential formulations for treating infections outside hospitals or in resource-limited settings.

"Pharmaceutical companies and researchers must urgently focus on new antibiotics against certain types of extremely serious infections that can kill patients in a matter of days because we have no line of defence," says Dr Suzanne Hill, Director of the Department of Essential Medicines at WHO.

To counter this threat, WHO and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) set up the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (known as GARDP). On 4 September 2017, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Wellcome Trust pledged more than €56 million for this work.

"Research for tuberculosis is seriously underfunded, with only two new antibiotics for treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis having reached the market in over 70 years," says Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme. "If we are to end tuberculosis, more than US$ 800 million per year is urgently needed to fund research for new antituberculosis medicines".

New treatments alone, however, will not be sufficient to combat the threat of antimicrobial resistance. WHO works with countries and partners to improve infection prevention and control and to foster appropriate use of existing and future antibiotics. WHO is also developing guidance for the responsible use of antibiotics in the human, animal and agricultural sectors. ...”

*1  WHO “One Health” April 2017

  2  FDA, CDC, and USDA Announce [September 20, 2017] Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System  

 3  One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance 2016

  4  Zoonotic Tuberculosis: Mycobacterium bovis and Other Pathogenic Mycobacteria 2014,subjectCd-LS50.html

  5  Heart Disease proof/positive endorsement 2017 plus many more examples (tip of the iceberg)

Including: 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 others.

Kansas State University (USA) Takes Over Production of One Health Newsletter - Saturday, September 16, 2017

Kansas State University (USA) Takes Over Production of One Health Newsletter

After nearly nine years of highly successful publications with contacts worldwide, the One Health Newsletter (OHNL) is being transferred to the auspices of the Kansas State University.

The One Health Newsletter was initiated in 2008 by the Florida Department of Health (USA) and published through the winter of 2014  It was then transitioned to the University of Florida (Emerging Pathogens Institute) which published until 2017 [provided courtesy Mary M. Merrill, MHS, former University of Florida OHNL co-editor].

 “The One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team proudly collaborated with both former outstanding One Health Newsletter publishers and is delighted to continue associating with our longstanding friends and notable One Health colleagues at K-State”, said Dr. Bruce Kaplan, Contents Manager/Editor One Health Initiative Website Co-Founder One Health Initiative team/website.

Kansas State University faculty, staff, and students plan to feature current issues and innovations in One Heath in each edition, which will include 3-5 stories that will provide professionals and students a go-to source Of One Health news.

The development of each edition will be guided by a faculty editorial board at Kansas State University including Dr. Paige Adams, Dr. Jean-Paul Gonzalez, and Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy. Colleagues from the University of California Davis, and Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), will also participate in the editorial process, with input from invited contributors. Students at these universities will then search for and develop current and late-breaking content based on the guidance of the editorial board and contributors. The goal is share diverse perspectives on all topics, staying true to the One Health mission.

Ms. Rachel Reichenberger, program co-ordinator at the College of Veterinary Medicine, explains the K-State approach “There is so much information released every day in relation to One Health. With this newsletter, we plan to harness student interest as a way to scan for and highlight emerging problems and creative solutions around the globe.”

‘Global events such as Zika virus transmission, childhood obesity, record-breaking flooding, and antibiotic resistance clearly indicate that challenges impacting human health are not confined to one locale or a single species. Our students will learn, through interdisciplinary and interprofessional training, that one health issues must be addressed with transboundary and translational solutions.’ Says Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, Associate Professor and Director of the MPH program at K-State.

The first Kansas State University developed edition of the One Health Newsletter is scheduled to be released in October 2017, in advance of International One Health Day on November 3rd. Contributions from professionals around the globe are welcome. Please send all story contribution ideas to


Official notice provided to the One Health Initiative website September 15, 2017 by:

Rachel Reichenberger

Project Administrator

International Programs  

College of Veterinary Medicine

Kansas State University

1800 Kimball Ave, Suite 180

Manhattan, KS 66502 (USA)

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