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1st International One Health Congress Abstracts - EcoHealth Journal - Sunday, May 01, 2011

1st International One Health Congress Abstracts - EcoHealth Journal 



This historic first international One Health meeting was held in Victoria, Australia February 14-16, 2011.  Its theme concerned “Human Health, Animal Health, the Environment and Global Survival”.


The One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono website team strongly supported, endorsed, and publicized this meeting from its onset.  Representatives from the One Health Initiative team served gratuitously on the Scientific Advisory Committee via invitation from the meeting’s organizing committee leaders.  


Please view the attached PDF of the meeting’s abstracts on this website’s Publications page They were originally published in EcoHealth Vol 7, Supplemental 1/February 2011. The full issue is available at



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One Health Initiative Team and Advisory Board Urge United States Secretaries of Departments: Health and Human Services and Homeland Security to Help Provide Funding for “One Health” Institute of Medicine (IOM) Study/Report - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

One Health Initiative Team and Advisory Board Urge United States Secretaries of Departments: Health and Human Services and Homeland Security to Help Provide Funding for “One Health” Institute of Medicine (IOM) Study/Report



The following letter was mailed to the U.S. Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius (Department of Health and Human Services) and Janet Napolitano (Department of Homeland Security) on Monday, April 25, 2011.  Secretaries Sebelius and Napolitano are former governors of their respective states, Kansas and Arizona.  Note: Please see PDF copy of original letter posted on Publications page


It was co-signed by the Dean of the Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary medicine, Dr. Ralph Richardson, a notable veterinarian and the eminent and internationally known medical virologist, Dr. Tom Monath, a physician and member of the One Health Initiative (OHI) Autonomous pro bono team. 


In a preliminary notice to fellow honorary advisory board members regarding the mailing of the letter, Dr. Richardson said, “I am e-mailing an advance copy to Dr. Alex Garza [MD, MPH], Secretary Napolitano’s Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer as well as to Dr. Doug Meckes [DVM], a veterinarian in Secretary Napolitano’s office [Food, Agriculture and Veterinary Defense Division, Office of Health Affairs].  I hope that it generates renewed interest in the One Health efforts.  Secretary Napolitano and Dr. Garza both visited Kansas City last year and expressed strong support for the interactions of the various disciplines.  Secretary Sebelius is former Governor of Kansas and one of the first things that she did after being appointed Secretary of DHHS was to, jointly with Secretary Napolitano, reaffirm their support for building the National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, KS.  My hope is that, with their understanding of the One Health Initiative, that they will push for the IOM/NRC study.”


Most One Health supporters/advocates believe that having such a prestigious comprehensive One Health study/report will help verify the critical need for implementing the concept in the U.S. and worldwide.  Once definitive parameters are established and documented by such a published study/report, more rapid recognition and institutionalization is expected. 


Funding costs for convening and conducting a study is estimated at approximately $1.2 million.  *Such a relatively small investment should actually help reduce future research expenditures and duplication of services by encouraging more co-equal interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary collaborations.  Moreover, expedited One Health scientific research discoveries “ … will help protect and/or save untold millions of lives in our generation and for those to come. Some available examples in the 20th and early 21st centuries are documented in the OHI website News and Publications pages.




 *See previous white paper from the National Academies of Sciences (USA) “A New Biology for the 21st Century” proposing values of a multi-disciplinary approach. Then think about having a “One Health” white paper conducted, published and widely distributed.


“In July, 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Energy (DOE) asked the National Research Council’s Board on Life Sciences to convene a committee to examine the current state of biological research in the United States and recommend how best to capitalize on recent technological and scientific advances that have allowed biologists to integrate biological research findings, collect and interpret vastly increased amounts of data, and predict the behavior of complex biological systems.” …




April 23, 2011



The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Ave.  SW

Washington DC 20201


The Honorable Janet Napolitano


U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528


Dear Madams Secretary,                                           


RE: Institute of Medicine (IOM)/National Research Council “One Health IOM Study/Report” Funding


We represent the Advisory Board and Executive of the One Health Initiative (OHI) autonomous pro bono team, which actively supports and promotes the need to integrate medical, veterinary medical, and environmental sciences to further public and animal health.


Information about the One Health Initiative is available on our website:


Currently the disciplines of human medicine, veterinary medicine, and environmental health are not optimally synergistic in addressing the needs of the public, domestic animals, wildlife, and the environment.  The relevant professions are operating without sufficient recognition of the obvious biological and ecological connections between human, animal, and environmental health.


Since 2007, there has been wide recognition of the need to redress this problem through an Initiative that would integrate disciplines at many levels. Therefore, the One Health concept has been formally endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and many other professional societies.



Examples of potential deliverables of the OHI include:


1.      Decreased  risk of human food borne diseases by veterinary medical and environmental scientists assessing exposure of crops to animal feces in a coordinated program;

2.      Decreased risk of antibiotic resistance, by restricting use of antibiotics in the food chain for animals and humans, through coordinated efforts between veterinary medical, agricultural, medical regulatory agencies and industry.

3.      Decreased risk of transmission of diseases from companion animals to humans by cooperative patient-contact efforts between veterinarians and physicians

4.      Improved surveillance for and responses to outbreaks of diseases transmissible from animals to humans by improving communication and collaboration between agriculture, health, and environmental officials;

5.      Accelerated  development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics against diseases that similarly afflict humans and animals by coordinating medical and veterinary medical research efforts on disorders common to all species, examples being obesity, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases


In 2008, the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council (IOM/NRC) proposed to conduct a study of One Health, with the intent of exploring common educational needs for human and animal medical practice, untapped opportunities for mutually beneficial biomedical research, enhanced food safety through better networked human and animal care systems, and improved surveillance for both naturally occurring (and maliciously designed) emergent zoonotic diseases. In short the study would provide a roadmap for action and implementation that would be immensely beneficial to public health, agriculture and biosecurity.


Regrettably, adequate funding for this important study has not yet been obtained.  It is estimated that the study would require funding of approximately $1.2 million.


We strongly urge you to find funding for this important effort by the Institute of Medicine, and to encourage the relevant agencies in your Departments, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the DHS Office of Health Affairs to participate.


Please consider taking the necessary steps to provide said funding at the earliest possible time. 


Thank you very much for your consideration.


Sincerely yours,


Ralph C. Richardson, DVM, Dipl ACVIM (Oncology, Internal Med)

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Kansas State University

101 Trotter Hall

Manhattan, KS 66506-5601

Phone (785) 532-5660

FAX (785) 532-5884

Cell phone: (785) 770-7679


Thomas P. Monath, MD

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Pandemic & Biodefense Fund

21 Finn Road

Harvard MA 01451

Office 978-456-3290

fax 978-456-3705

Cell 978-809-7045



One Health Initiative (OHI) Autonomous pro bono Team’s Advisory Board (Hon.)


Patrick W. Kelley, MD, DrPH
Director, Boards on Global Health and
African Science Academy Development
Institute of Medicine
The National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Direct Phone: 202-334-2650
General Phone: 202-334-2427
Fax: 202-334-3861

One Health Meeting Initiated Between Local Physician and Veterinarian Associations in Florida (USA) - April 19, 2011 - Sunday, April 24, 2011

One Health in ACTION …


One Health Meeting Initiated Between Local Physician and Veterinarian Associations in Florida (USA)


A first ever local Capital Medical Society/Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association joint meeting was held in Tallahassee, Florida (USA) on April 19, 2011 to discuss “One Health.”  In addition to practicing clinicians (physicians and veterinarians), the State Agriculture Veterinarian, State Medical Epidemiologist, State Environmental Health Director and the County Health Department Medical Director were in attendance.  

Prior to the formal meeting, pictures of attendees and their companion animals were shown to the crowd of over 100 people.  The three goals of the meeting were:

·         For physicians, veterinarians and public health professionals to become aware of and able to attenuate contributors to disease in our community;

·         Encourage health professionals’ contributing to the community's resiliency; and

·         Begin a process for community health professionals to regularly collaborate. 

 Additional meetings are being planned by the two local professional doctor organizations.

Reported by Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH, director of the Florida State Health Department’s Division of Environmental Health (USA).  Dr. Conti also serves on the One Health Initiative Website’s Honorary Advisory Board

Salmonella detected at frog breeder in 217-case outbreak - USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011

Salmonella detected at frog breeder in 217-case outbreak

Centers for Infectious Disease Research & Policy – University of Minnesota (USA)

Apr 8, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – “The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday that 217 people in 41 states since 2009 have become ill with Salmonella from contact with African dwarf water frogs.”  Please read more:


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) April 7 Update:

Are We All Sanitarians? - Monday, April 18, 2011

One Health in ACTION …


Are We All Sanitarians? 


Larry Gordon, MS, MPH, DHL, DEAAS 




Jerrold M. Michael ScD, DrPH, DEE, Rear Admiral, USPHS (Ret.) recently wrote: “While doing research on an article on the National Board of Health, which existed between 1879 and 1883, I learned a lot more about the first Surgeon General, Dr. John Maynard Woodworth, --- Of interest is that Dr. Woodworth's headstone notes that he was a Naturalist, Physician and Sanitarian. We recognize that the term Sanitarian was once used as a synonym for public health advocate, but we may choose to note that the first SG was a sanitarian ---“ 


That commentary reinforces the fact that the field generally now recognized as the area of practice of “the sanitarian”, namely environmental health, is an important area of practice for a wide spectrum of disciplines and professionals. “Comprehensive” environmental health practice thus requires and benefits from the involvement of chemists, geologists, biologists, sanitarians, meteorologists, physicists, physicians, psychologists, nurses, economists, laboratory scientists, industrial hygienists, dentists, veterinarians, educators, economists, sociologists, engineers, architects, attorneys, planners, political scientists, statisticians, journalists, electronic information specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists, political scientists, ecologists, public administrators and planners, as well as those who have been formally educated in the art and science of environmental health practice. 


As the field is comprehensive, its effective leadership is profoundly complex, frequently controversial, and invariably in need of a wide range of individual capacities and initiatives. Many of our great environmental health leaders have been dedicated individuals who have achieved eminence not because they had the right pedigrees or belonged to the right organizations, but because they had the right vision, the right information and the right leadership at the right time.  


That is clearly true of some of the icons in the overarching field of public health. Lemuel Shattuck was a publisher; Edwin Chadwick was a lawyer, Charles E. A. Winslow and William Thompson Sedgwick were categorized as sanitarians, and Albert Lasker was an advertising specialist. As time progresses, the mantle of public health leadership continues to fall to those who are perceived as “having earned it.” 


The commonly accepted definition of environmental health is that promulgated in 1992 by the Committee on the Future of Environmental Health[1].  Following widespread peer review, the committee noted that “Environmental health and protection is the art and science of protecting against environmental factors that may adversely impact human health or the ecological balances essential to long-term human health and environmental quality.  Such factors include, but are not limited to: air, food and water contaminants; radiation; toxic chemicals; disease vectors; safety hazards; and habitat alterations.”


That definition remains as a hallmark of the field.  It does, however, call for statements of vision that can set out standards for world wide commitment to an enhanced environment

·                           We should envision a world in which environmental health measures contribute substantially to preventing disease and disability, as well as reducing health care costs. 

·                           We should envision a world in which environmental health is considered to be an important entitlement for the common good. 

·                           We should envision a world in which environmental health problems are measured and defined prior to designing and implementing control measures. 

·                           We should envision a world in which environmental health efforts are based on sound risk assessment, public health assessment and epidemiology. 

·                           We should envision a world in which the primacy of prevention measures is understood and practiced. 

·                           We should envision a world in which environmental health measures are designed for optimal net impact rather than zero risk.

·                           We should envision a world in which ecological considerations are understood to be components of environmental health because, in the long run, a deteriorated environment is a threat to public health and the economy. 

·                           We should envision a world in which the citizenry understand that a quality environment is an important factor in economic vitality and productivity. 

·                           We should envision a world in which environmental health outcomes contribute to minimizing social problems.

·                           We should envision a world in which the quality of the environment contributes to educational achievement.

·                           We should envision a world in which quality of life is enhanced by effective environmental health services. 

·                           We should envision a world in which broad environmental health communication bridges are constantly traveled by the public, the media, and policy makers.

·                          We should envision a world in which policy leaders seek environmental health input prior to developing policy impacting environmental health. 


            If we share such a vision, are we all sanitarians? 



 [1]. Committee on the Future of Environmental Health, National Environmental Health Association. 1993. "The Future of Environmental Health, Part One." Journal of Environmental Health 55 (4):28-32.


Larry Gordon is a One Health supporter/advocate and has a most distinguished Public Health/environmental health career.  Please see:  


One health: the importance of companion animal vector-borne disease - Thursday, April 14, 2011

One health: the importance of companion animal vector-borne disease


By: Professor Michael J. Day, BSc, BVMS (Hons), PhD

       Professor of Veterinary Pathology

       School of Clinical Sciences

       University of Bristol, United Kingdom


Dr. Day is Chair of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA) One Health Committee.


Parasites & Vectors April 13, 2011 4:49 – Also see

Canine Genetics May Hold “One Health” Answers for Humans - Monday, April 11, 2011

Canine Genetics May Hold “One Health” Answers for Humans


A study by U.S. and Swedish researchers discovered that a genetic variation causing Shar-Pei dogs to have wrinkled skin also is responsible for a periodic fever disorder is similar to periodic inherited autoinflammatory fever syndromes in humans  This research could help elucidate basic science understanding of both human and canine inflammatory diseases. 


Detailed scientific information is contained in PLoS journal under the title:


“A Novel Unstable Duplication Upstream of HAS2 Predisposes to a Breed-Defining Skin Phenotype and a Periodic Fever Syndrome in Chinese Shar-Pei Dogs”

Discoverer of Cancer Causing Hepatitis B Virus and Nobel Prize Winner Dies: an apparent unrecognized “One Health” example - Thursday, April 07, 2011

Discoverer of Cancer Causing Hepatitis B Virus and Nobel Prize Winner Dies:  an apparent unrecognized “One Health” example



Baruch S. Blumberg, MD, PhD, physician Nobel Prize winning biochemist and medical researcher who discovered the hepatitis B virus and subsequently showed that it could cause liver cancer (i.e., hepatocellular carcinoma) and helped develop a vaccine against it, died Tuesday.  Among many other achievements, Dr. Blumberg was also associated with a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project to find microorganisms in space.


According to an April 6, 2011 New York Times obituary, “… As in his disease studies, Dr. Blumberg sought collaborations with specialists in a variety of fields, including physics, chemistry, geology, paleontology and oceanography as well as biology and medicine that would “help us to recognize biospheres that might be different from our own” … "  This represents the essence of One Health!

Emerging Threats to One Health: Implications to U.S. National Security - Colloquium April 12, 2011 - Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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

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

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

·                         A 2011 Intelligence Community (IC) Centers for Academic Excellence (CAE) Regional Colloquium

·                          Hosted by the Office of the Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Opportunities at the University of Missouri in partnership with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Community (IC) Centers for Academic Excellence (CAE) program

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Fatal respiratory infections in endangered gorillas are linked to human contact - Saturday, April 02, 2011

Public release date: 30-Mar-2011

Contact: Daniela Hernandez
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

Fatal respiratory infections in endangered gorillas are linked to human contact

New study indicates that ecotourism may be contributing to the decline of mountain gorillas in African preserves

“In a study published online this week in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, an international team of researchers report that a virus that causes respiratory disease in humans infected and contributed to the deaths of mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. This finding raises questions about the safety of ecotourism for endangered species.

“This study illustrates the importance of global commitment to the One Health Initiative," commented CII Director, Dr. W. Ian Lipkin. The One Health Initiative is a movement whose aim is to promote collaboration among environmental, agricultural,


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