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An Urgent Call to Make One Health Work for People and Our Planet
MEDICC Review
Friday, February 21, 2020.

An Urgent Call to Make One Health Work for People and Our Planet

January 2020 begins a new decade, a chance for the international health community to take a hard look at where we are, where we stand, what we ...

Trending Topics of One Health and Suicide Prevention Kickoff FREE Training for Veterinary Community
FEB19 2020 Press release from: THRIVE Affordable Vet Care
Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
 
Trending Topics of One Health and Suicide Prevention Kickoff FREE Training for Veterinary ...
Austin, Texas February 18, 2020 - The important topics of One Health and Suicide Prevention are both included in a new initiative to provide training to ...

 


World Veterinary Association (WVA) and Health for Animals announce the 2020 World Veterinary Day theme: Environmental protection for improving animal and human health
Monday, February 17, 2020.

The World Veterinary Association (WVA) and Health for Animals are proud to announce the 2020 World Veterinary Day theme: Environmental protection for improving animal and human health.

For 20 years, World Veterinary Day has been an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of veterinarians to the health of animals and society. As One Health advocates, veterinarians know that environmental, human and animal health are inextricably linked. Negative changes to our environment will ultimately harm ourselves and the animals in our care.

The 2020 World Veterinary Day will be held on 25th April 2020 and is an opportunity to celebrate the work of veterinarians to protect our environment.

The deadline for applications submission is 25th May 2020. 

All the necessary information, application form and instructions, can be found in the attached documents. 

 

The WVA encourages its partners to collaborate with WVA member associations and veterinarians around the world to celebrate the WVD2020 and to take part in the World Veterinary Day Award 2020. 

Provided by:

Dr Zeev Noga

Executive Director

 

World Veterinary Association (WVA) Avenue de Tervueren 12 B-1040 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32 (0) 2 533 70 22 zeev_noga@worldvet.org  secretariat@worldvet.org http://www.worldvet.org


One Health concept gains importance
THE HINDU
Sunday, February 16, 2020.

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 Kerala

One Health concept gains importance

SEE FULL ARTICLE AT: ttps://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/one-health-concept-gains-importance/article30832842.ece 

 

Expert says programme can reduce incidence of zoonotic threats

The concept of ‘One Health’, which recognises that health of human beings is connected to health of animals and environment, is gaining importance as most of the contagious diseases affecting humans are zoonotic (animal to man origin) in nature.

The concept of One Health can be effectively implemented for reducing incidence of emerging zoonotic threats like COVID-19. One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment, as defined by the One Health Initiative Task Force,” says Dr. B. Sunil, Professor, Veterinary Public Health & Head, meat plant, Kerala veterinary and animal sciences university. ...


Trends and clinico-epidemiological features of human rabies cases in Bangladesh 20062018
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
Saturday, February 15, 2020.

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

Article https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-59109-w
Open Access

Trends and clinico-epidemiological features of human rabies cases in Bangladesh 2006–2018

Ghosh, S., Rana, M.S., Islam, M.K. et al. Trends and clinico-epidemiological features of human rabies cases in Bangladesh 2006–2018.  Sci Rep 10, 2410 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-59109-w  

“Vaccinating dogs against rabies is an effective means of reducing human rabies. We subjected 1327 clinically diagnosed human rabies death and mass dog vaccination (MDV) data during 2006–2018 to quantify the impacts of MDV on human rabies incidence in Bangladesh and a subset of rabies death data (422) for clinico-epidemiological analysis. A positive and increasing trend of MDV (p = 0.01 and tau = 0.71) and a negative and declining trend (p < 0.001 and tau = −0.88) of human rabies cases (Correlation coefficient: −0.82) have been observed. Among 422 deaths, the majority (78%) of the victims sought treatment from traditional healers, and 12% received post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). The mean incubation period of rabies in cases with exposure sites on the head & neck (35 days) was shorter than the upper limb (mean = 64 days, p = 0.02) and lower limb (mean = 89 days, p < 0.01). MDV has been found to be effective for reducing human rabies cases in Bangladesh. Creating awareness among the animal bite victims to stop reliance on traditional healers rather seeking PEP, addressing the role of traditional healers through awareness education programme with respect to the treatment of dog bites, ensuring availability of PEP, and continuing to scale up MDV may help to prevent human rabies deaths. 

Rabies is a zoonotic viral disease responsible for the death of approximately 59,000 people worldwide with more than 3.7 million disability-adjusted life years lost annually(1) ...” 

 Conclusion 

Our study showed that mass dog vaccination (MDV) is one of the most important components of controlling human rabies in Bangladesh. Also, these data clearly spelt out that most deaths had occurred as a result of consultation with the traditional healers instead of seeking post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) from the hospitals and also due to the incomplete treatment course. Poor health-seeking behaviour of the rabies victims indicates the necessity to improve such behaviour through advocacy, communication, and social mobilization. It is necessary to address the role of traditional healers through an awareness education programme with respect to the treatment of dog bites and rabies and discouraging animal bite victims from visiting them. Ensuring the affordability and availability of rabies PEP in all areas of Bangladesh, especially in local public hospitals, is also important. Proper vaccine delivery needs sufficient personnel training to ensure correct storage, reconstitution, and injection. Sharing local epidemiological knowledge of rabies in animals may assist clinicians in making the right choice in treating rabies with PEP. We recommend conducting a humane method of dog population management programme along with the promotion of dog ownership and the continuation of scaling up MDV throughout the country to eliminate dog-mediated human rabies in Bangladesh. In addition, establishing a laboratory for rabies diagnosis and introducing an active surveillance system is necessary to monitor and evaluate emerging patterns and trends of the disease in Bangladesh. Strengthening and encouraging multi-sectoral involvement through the One Health approach is necessary for the sustainability of the rabies elimination programme in Bangladesh.”


Coronavirus: Why China Needs to Change its Animal Health Policies
Impakter
Thursday, February 13, 2020.

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Environment, Health, News, Society

February 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Why China Needs to Change its Animal Health Policies

by Richard Seifman - Board Member, United Nations Association-National Capital Area

China’s troubles with the on-going coronavirus outbreak originate with its animal health policies and programs: They need to change and here is how.

China is frightened and focused on the 2019 n-CoV virus, now called by the WHO “COVID-19” and by the Chinese “Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia” (NCP).  It has paralyzed China’s people, resulting in over 44,000 infected cases and more than 1,000 deaths and severely hurt its own and the global economy. Both with respect to human health and the economic and social costs, the numbers are likely to be staggering.

All this began because China, and other countries to be sure, allow live wildlife to be sold as food in so-called “wet” markets, i.e. food markets where wildlife animals are sold in proximity to domestic meat and animals. ...

... What to do? 

Simply put, pursue a One Health approach, one which leads to integrated human-animal-environmental health policies and actions. ...

Please read complete article at https://impakter.com/coronavirus-why-china-needs-change-animal-health-policies/


Slides from the International Student One Health Alliance (ISOHA) webinar on 9 Feb, 2020
George Lueddeke, PhD, Med, Dipl. AVES (Hon.)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Slides from the International Student One Health Alliance (ISOHA) webinar on 9 Feb, 2020 (provide by George Lueddeke, PhD, Med, Dipl. AVES (Hon.):  

For speaking inquiries, please contact Dr. George Lueddeke via glueddeke@aol.com.  See Dr. Lueddeke’s attached short Biography.


Coronavirus: Hear From One Health Experts
UC Davis - One Health Institute (USA)
Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

 (USA)

 

Coronavirus: Hear From One Health Experts

 

By Dateline Staff on February 10, 2020 in University

Updated Feb. 10: Watch UC Davis Live discussion on coronavirus, recorded Feb. 6 and featuring Tracey Goldstein and Christine Johnson, associate directors, UC Davis One Health Institute.

SEE https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/coronavirus-travel-warning-other-cautions/


Finding Outbreaks Faster: Metrics for One Health Surveillance
Salzburg Global Seminar
Saturday, February 08, 2020.

Salzburg Global


DUKE (USA) ONE HEALTH Newsletter - Issue 23 February 2020
Sunday, February 02, 2020.
ISSUE 23 February 2020

SEE:  https://mailchi.mp/1be02835ba86/oh-newsletter-feb-issue


 
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