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Flea Bites Linked with Chronic Infections [by a veterinarian], Possible Birth Defects [human infants] - USA - Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Flea Bites Linked with Chronic Infections [by a veterinarian], Possible Birth Defects [human infants] - USA

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A researcher in North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has discovered that bacteria transmitted by fleas–and potentially ticks–can be passed to human babies by the mother, causing chronic infections and raising the possibility of bacterially induced birth defects.

Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM, a veterinarian and professor of internal medicine in the Department of Clinical Sciences and director of the CVM Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory, is among the world’s leading experts on Bartonella, a bacteria that is maintained in nature by fleas, ticks and other biting insects, but which can be transmitted by infected cats and dogs as well.

The most commonly known Bartonella-related illness is cat scratch disease, caused by B. henselae, a strain of Bartonella that can be carried in a cat’s blood for months to years. Cat scratch disease was thought to be a self-limiting, or “one-time” infection; however, Dr. Breitschwerdt’s previous work discovered cases of children and adults with chronic, blood-borne Bartonella infections–from strains of the bacteria that are most often transmitted to cats (B. henselae) and dogs (B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii) by fleas and other insects.

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http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/news/2010-05-04-CCMTR-Research-Links-Flea-Bites-with-Possible-Bacterially-Induced-Birth-Defects.html


April 2010 - Official Global One Health Advancement: Food Agricultural Organization-World Organization for Animal Health-World Health Organization Collaboration Document - Friday, May 14, 2010

Official Global One Health Advancement:

 

Food Agricultural Organization-World Organization for Animal Health-World Health Organization Collaboration Document

 

The FAO-OIE-WHO Collaboration: a tripartite concept note

This document sets a strategic direction for the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, and the World Health Organization for joint action in addressing health risks at the human-animal-ecosystems interfaces, and proposes a long term basis for international collaboration on global activities.

 

http://aitoolkit.org/site/DefaultSite/filesystem/documents/FAO%20OIE%20WHO%20Collaboration%20-%20a%20tripartite%20concept%20note.pdf


Review of L. H. Kahn’s Book: Who’s In Charge? Leadership during Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks, and other Public Health Crises - Monday, May 10, 2010

World Medical & Health Policy

 

www.psocommons.org/wmhp

 

Vol. 2:Iss. 1, Article 24 (2010)

 

Review of L. H. Kahn’s Book:  See http://www.psocommons.org/wmhp/vol2/iss1/art24/

Who’s In Charge?  Leadership during Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks, and other Public Health Crises

 

By Arnauld Nicogossian, George Mason University


“ONE HEALTH in Action” - ANNOUNCMENT: International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) - Global Outreach - Dr. Peter Anderson - Thursday, April 29, 2010

“ONE HEALTH in Action”

ANNOUNCMENT: International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) - Global Outreach

 www.iamse.org 

 Peter G. Anderson, DVM, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Director of Pathology Undergraduate Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, shares his photographs from a recent trip to Zambia Africa.  Dr. Anderson was selected as a member of the Fulbright Specialist Program.  This Fulbright Foundation sponsored program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and their counterparts at universities abroad. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty in select disciplines to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at higher education institutions in over 100 countries worldwide.

 Dr. Anderson made this trip to Zambia as part of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health Initiatives ongoing program to support health sciences educational activities in Zambia.  The Sparkman Center has an ongoing relationship with the University of Zambia School of Medicine.  The overall goal of these activities is to expand and enhance models of medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa. These models are intended to yield increasing number of new health care workers, strengthen medical education systems in the countries in which they exist, and build clinical and research capacity in Africa as part of a retention strategy for faculty of medical schools and clinical professors.  The strategy of this initiative is to build human capacity for health in Africa by strengthening the medical education system in an environment that values and nurtures basic science and research and which will contribute to the sustainability and quality of the overall effort.

 Click here to view selected photographs of the University of Zambia School of Medicine, the Chobe National Park, and Victoria Falls.

Please see previous posting about Dr. Anderson:

“ONE HEALTH in Action” - First Flexible Coil Balloon Expandable Intracoronary Stent Development for Humans - Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The One Health initiative website has been advised by Peter G. Anderson, DVM, PhD, Professor & Director of Pathology Undergraduate Education and Pre-Clerkship Curriculum Coordinator at the Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, that the “One Health Initiative” web link has been added to the front page of PEIR (http://peir.net).

 

Moreover, it should be noted that Dr. Peter G. Anderson, a veterinarian, represents a prime and significant historic example of “ONE HEALTH in Action”.  Dr. Anderson was part of the team that developed the first flexible coil balloon expandable intracoronary stent approved by the FDA for human use. This monumental development occurred in the early 1990’s and now – almost 100% of patients who undergo the balloon angioplasty procedure also get a stent. These stents can be coated with drugs to help the blood vessel heal after the balloon procedure to prevent scar tissue from forming leading to restenosis.  Today the drug coated stents that Dr. Anderson helped develop and holds a patent for the stents which are being used extensively to decrease morbidity and mortality in patients worldwide.

 

Gary Roubin, BVSc (equiv. DVM), MB(equiv. MD), PhD, an internationally renowned interventional cardiologist (currently at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where he has been the Chairman of the Department of Interventional Cardiology and Director of the Cardiovascular Interventional Suites since 2004), worked to develop the first “balloon expandable intracoronary stent” used in the USA. Dr. Roubin came to the University of Alabama in 1989 where Dr. Anderson was the pathologist who participated in the animal studies using pigs. This animal data was sent to the FDA and eventually the stent was approved for human use.  Dr. Anderson says, “While we [i.e., Drs. Roubin and Anderson] were waiting for approval for the FDA – we did get a “provisional” approval to use the stents in people if it was a life threatening situation.  So, here at UAB we deployed many of the stents before they were formally approved by the FDA.” “And, I did the autopsies on the people who died after stent implantation”, said Dr. Anderson. “So, with Gary Roubin as corresponding author, we published the first paper describing the pathology of these balloon expandable flexible coil stents in people.”

 

Dr. Anderson went on to say, “Gary is the cardiologist who was the innovator in developing the stents and has continued to be an internationally recognized leader in interventional cardiology.  An interesting side note – Gary Roubin was originally from Australia. He started out as a veterinarian – then he went back to school to be a physician, received a PhD degree in physiology, trained in cardiology and then he came to the U.S.  So, Gary Roubin started out as a veterinarian and then went on to be an internationally renowned interventional cardiologist.”

  


CMA Artist Stephen Michael Apatow Promotes "One World, One Health" World Veterinary Day 2010 - April 24, 2010 - Saturday, April 24, 2010

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CMA Artist Stephen Michael Apatow Promotes "One World, One Health" World Veterinary Day 2010

April 24, 2010

 

http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=129586

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

Website: http://www.unarts.org

CMA Artist Stephen Michael Apatow, [1] founder of the Humanitarian Resource Institute [2] and United Nations Arts Initiative [3] is working with the World Veterinary Association [4] to promote the World Veterinary Day on 24 April 2010 [5] with this years theme "One World, One Health." As Director of Research and Development for the Humanitarian University Consortium [6] Graduate Studies Center for Medicine, [7] Veterinary Medicine [8] and Law, [9] he is working to engender collaboration of the human medical/veterinary academic and professional levels in 192 United Nations member countries through the global "One Health Initiative." [10]

As the keynote speaker at the Los Alamos conference "The Future of Biodetection Technologies" in 2006 [11] Apatow's presentation "DNA-based Detection Technologies" [12] presented the intelligence community with an overview operational human-veterinary medical molecular diagnostic applications with case studies that included West Nile Virus and Pandemic Influenza. As the instructor of the "One Medicine: One Health (Zoonotic Disease) Online Course," [13] he is currently developing an intensive distance education platform on "Human-Animal Medicine" [14] utilizing the text book authored by By Peter M. Rabinowitz, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Clinical Services, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT and Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, CEHP, Director, Division of Environmental Health, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL.

For additional information, visit:


World Veterinary Day 2010: "One World, One Health:
Url: http://www.worldvet.org/taxonomy/term/24

One Health Initiative
Url: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com

References:

1. Stephen Michael Apatow, Founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute and the United Nations Arts Initiative. Url: http://www.apatow.org
2. Humanitarian Resource Institute: Url http://www.humanitarian.net
3. United Nations Arts Initiative: Url: http://www.unarts.org
4. World Veterinary Association: Url: http://www.www.worldvet.org
5. World Veterinary Day 2010: April 24 2010 "One World, One Health: Url: http://www.worldvet.org/taxonomy/term/24
6. Humanitarian University Consortium: Url: http://www.humanitarian.net/university/consortium
7. Humanitarian University Consortium: Medicine: Url: http://www.humanitarian.net/university/med
8. Humanitarian University Consortium: Veterinary Medicine: Url: http://www.humanitarian.net/university/vet
9. Humanitarian University Consortium: Law: Url: http://www.humanitarian.net/university/law
10. One Health Initiative: Url: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com
11. The Future of Biodetection Technologies: Los Alamos National Laboratory, September 26-27, 2006. Url: http://www.lanl.gov/bioscience/biodetection.shtml
12. "DNA-based Detection Technologies: Stephen M. Apatow, Humanitarian Resource Institute. pathobiologics International. Url: http://www.pathobiologics.org/btac/lanl/bioscience/ref/SMABDS_Final.pdf
13. One Medicine: One Health (Zoonotic Disease) Online Course: Medicine: Humanitarian Resource Institute, Pathobiologics International. Url: http://www.humanitarian.net/biodefense/fazdc/zdc1
14. Human-Animal Medicine - Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks. Url: http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/ISBN/9781416068372/HumanAnimal-Medicine


One Medicine: One Health (Zoonotic Disease) Online Course - Friday, April 23, 2010

 

Humanitarian University Consortium
Distance Education Initiative

 One Medicine: One Health (Zoonotic Disease) Online Course

Presented by:

Stephen M. Apatow, Director of Research and Development  
Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Law

Zoonotic Disease Online Course: Humanitarian Resource Institute.

 Related Textbooks:

·                         Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks (Amazon):  Peter M. Rabinowitz MD MPH, Lisa A. Conti DVM MPH DACVPM CEHP.

·                         Zoonoses: Recognition, Control, and Prevention:  Martin E. Hugh-Jones, William T. Hubbert, Harry V. Hagstad.


World Veterinary Day – April 24, 2010 - Theme: - Thursday, April 22, 2010

World Veterinary Day – April 24, 2010


Theme: "One World, One Health: more cooperation between veterinarians and physicians".

 

http://www.worldvet.org/taxonomy/term/24


Jenner Vaccine Foundation Supports One Health with appointment of two JENNER FELLOWS -2010 - Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jenner Vaccine Foundation News

 

Issue 01/ November 2009

 

Please see important side bar regarding One Health support on page 5:

 

“One Health Initiative will be further promoted within the Jenner vaccine Foundation and the Jenner Institute with the appointment of two JENNER FELLOWS in 2010…”

 

http://www.jennervaccinefoundation.org/JennerNewsletter_web.pdf


One Health: Improving Global Health by Building Bridges Between Human and Animal Health - Monday, April 05, 2010

One Health: Improving Global Health by Building Bridges Between Human and Animal Health

 Tuesday, April 6th @ 4:30pm - 016 Robertson Hall – Princeton, N.J. (USA)

Sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellbeing

The One Health concept seeks to integrate human, animal, and ecosystem health in order to improve health for all species. Two leaders in the international One Health movement will present their work.

Panelists:

v      Joan Hendricks, VMD, PhD, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

v      Thomas Monath MD, Medical Virologist, and Partner, Pandemic and Biodefense Fund, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers.

Dean Hendricks has been leading the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine since January 2006.  She is the founding director of the Veterinary Clinical Research Center and holds a secondary appointment as a professor of the Department of Medicine in UPenn’s School of Medicine. She earned her VMD and PhD from UPenn in 1979 and 1980, respectively.  She has a BS in biology and psychology from Yale University.

Dr. Monath received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his MD from Harvard Medical School.  He served in the US Army for 24 years in the uniformed services, and between 1973-1988, he was the Director, Division of Vector-Borne Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Fort Collins, CO and from 1989-1992, Chief, Virology Division, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID).  He has received numerous awards and served as President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from 2004-2005.

If you are interested in learning more about One Health please browse the One Health Initiative website at http://www.onehealthinitiative.com.

If you have questions about the Forum, please send me an email.

Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP - lkahn@Princeton.EDU
Research Scholar

Program on Science and Global Security

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Princeton University

 


BIODEFENSE POSITION (USA) - Saturday, April 03, 2010

BIODEFENSE POSITION (USA)

 

“We will interview several candidates for this position within the next 5 days only. Multiple positions are available. Interested parties should email their resumes to Isaiah.mcpeak@bvti.com

 

The job is to provide program management and technical support to DHS Office of Health Affairs BioDefense and WMD functional programs. Details of four sub-programs are provided at the bottom of this job announcement (BioWatch, BWIC, RDCDS, NBIC). Experience in at least one is required. Services provided include project plans, risk analyses, assessments, testing, and emergency response in the case of threatening events.

Subject Matter Expert (mid to senior level) – Will provide agricultural or food and drug specialized expertise into our team’s overall effort to organize, coordinate, and oversee project management plans supporting WMD and Biodefense initiatives at DHS. Former experience at DHS is preferred. Past experience in BioDefense is required.

COMPANY

Best Value Technology, Inc. (BVTI) is an experienced government contracting company committed to providing technological innovation and "best value" solutions for the challenging issues faced by our federal government clients. BVTI is comprised of a diverse team that is drawn from a broad range of educational and professional backgrounds; bringing together a talented skill set for a dynamic approach to delivering cutting-edge products and services. The BVTI team has supported the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), National Security Agency (NSA), U.S. Army, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

SUB-PROGRAMS

BioWatch

The BioWatch program provides 24/7/365 biological weapons threat detection and characterization of biodefense intelligence. The core requirements for the BioWatch program are derived from HSPD-10, Biodefense Strategy for the 21st Century, which provides a comprehensive framework for our Nation’s biodefense infrastructure. The BioWatch program is an early warning system that can rapidly detect trace amounts of pathogen-specific nucleic acid in the air whether intentionally released into or naturally present in the environment.

BWIC

The BioWatch program also operates the Biological Warning and Incident Characterization (BWIC) system, which interprets warning signals from BioWatch and public health surveillance data using incident characterization tools (e.g., plume and epidemiological models) to quickly determine the potential impacts a release may have on the population.

RDCDS

The Rapidly Deployable Chemical Defense System (RDCDS) program maintains and deploys an air- and ground-based chemical detection capability for the defense of high security interest special events such as large assemblies in sports arenas or at outdoor celebrations. The detection element consists of a network of chemical, ground-based point detectors (CGPD) and a chemical airborne surveillance platform for 24/7 stand-off-detection capability.

NBIC

The National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) is an integrated biosurveillance system partnering with Federal agencies, state and local governments and the private sector. As a logical evolvement of the NBIS (National Biosurveillance Integration System) and codified in Public Law (PL-110-53) on 3 August 2007, the NBIC provides early detection, characterization, and situational awareness of biological events of potential national significance by establishing a biologic common operating picture (BCOP) to depict a global biosurveillance environment and decision-making tools.

REQUIRED

·      College Degree
·      U.S. Citizenship

APPLICATION

We will interview several candidates for this position within the next 5 days only. Multiple positions are available. Interested parties should email their resumes to Isaiah.mcpeak@bvti.com

 

Information supplied by:

 

Stephen Michael Apatow
Founder, Director of Research and Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute
Phone: (203) 668-0282
Url: www.humanitarian.net
Email: s.m.apatow@humanitarian.net

Pathobiologics International:
Url: www.pathobiologics.org

 

 

 


 
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