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Public health risks associated with food]borne parasites
Wednesday, December 05, 2018.


Scientific Opinion

Open Access First published: 04 December 2018

Public health risks associated with food]borne parasites


Parasites are important food]borne pathogens. Their complex lifecycles, varied transmission routes, and prolonged periods between infection and symptoms mean that the public health burden and relative importance of different transmission routes are often difficult to assess. Furthermore, there are challenges in detection and diagnostics, and variations in reporting. A Europe]focused ranking exercise, using multicriteria decision analysis, identified potentially food]borne parasites of importance, and that are currently not routinely controlled in food. These are Cryptosporidium spp., Toxoplasma gondii and Echinococcus spp. Infection with these parasites in humans and animals, or their occurrence in food, is not notifiable in all Member States. This Opinion reviews current methods for detection, identification and tracing of these parasites in relevant foods, reviews literature on food]borne pathways, examines information on their occurrence and persistence in foods, and investigates possible control measures along the food chain. The differences between these three parasites are substantial, but for all there is a paucity of well]established, standardised, validated methods that can be applied across the range of relevant foods. Furthermore, the prolonged period between infection and clinical symptoms (from several days for Cryptosporidium to years for Echinococcus spp.) means that source attribution studies are very difficult. Nevertheless, our knowledge of the domestic animal lifecycle (involving dogs and livestock) for Echinoccocus granulosus means that this parasite is controllable. For Echinococcus multilocularis, for which the lifecycle involves wildlife (foxes and rodents), control would be expensive and complicated, but could be achieved in targeted areas with sufficient commitment and resources. Quantitative risk assessments have been described for Toxoplasma in meat. However, for T. gondii and Cryptosporidium as faecal contaminants, development of validated detection methods, including survival/infectivity assays and consensus molecular typing protocols, are required for the development of quantitative risk assessments and efficient control measures. ...

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Why People Should Care About Animal and Human Suffering
Psychology Today (blog)
Sunday, December 02, 2018.
Why People Should Care About Animal and Human Suffering
"The One Health approach is a way of looking at the world that helps humans to see and acknowledge that humans, other species, and the natural ...


DUKE (USA) One Health Team News - Issue 9 December 2018
Saturday, December 01, 2018.


ISSUE 9 December 2018

Pet Tales: Jimmy V grants to treat cancer in dogs and people [A One Health Approach]
Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Monday, November 26, 2018.

Pet Tales: Jimmy V grants to treat cancer in dogs and people [A One Health Approach]

Nov 23, 2018

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is one of five veterinary schools receiving research grants to work with cancer centers that treat people.

Called canine comparative oncology, the field explores treatments that will have better success and less toxicity for dogs and people, according to a news release from The V Foundation for Cancer Research (, which was founded by Jim Valvano, the late North Carolina State basketball coach.

Cancer research and clinical studies give researchers cause for optimism, said Nicola Mason, a board-certified veterinary internist and immunologist  at PennVet in Philadelphia. “The revolution has started.” ...

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Engaging Health Professionals in Environmental Public Health - December 7, 2018 • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Engaging Health Professionals in Environmental Public Health

 December 7, 2018 • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST

Registration (required):

You will receive a calendar invitation from WebEx once you register.


Healthcare professionals are important partners for the advancement of environmental public health. On the front-line of healthcare delivery, clinicians, pediatricians, nurses, and many other professionals play an important role in providing their patients and the communities they serve with valuable environmental health information. However, studies have shown that there is a knowledge gap. This webinar will focus on the importance of working with health professionals to build their environmental health literacy and address environmental health issues. Presenters will discuss strategies they are using to fill these knowledge gaps and improve environmental public health. Speakers: (1) Nicholas Newman, D.O., M.S., Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and (2) Mark Miller, M.D., M.P.H., University of California, San Francisco.

Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc. "...a social venture and a One Health company..."
Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc.

“...a social venture and a One Health company...”

Provided by:

Amanda Elam, PhD, President

Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc.                                               

Note: Dr. Elam is a One Health advocate/supporter

Less Than A Penny A Day Keeps the Superbugs At Bay, Says OECD Report
Thursday, November 08, 2018.
Less Than A Penny A Day Keeps the Superbugs At Bay, Says OECD Report
Perhaps just as important was the additional call for a “One Health” approach, which acknowledges that human health is tied to that of animals, both ...


For a holistic approach for health...ONE HEALTH
Wednesday, November 07, 2018.

For a holistic approach for health

Officially launched in April 2016 by 3 leading international One Health groups -- the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous ...

Sunday, November 04, 2018.

PRESS RELEASE – November 3, 2018


The Soulsby Foundation has opened a call for applications for the 2019 Travelling Fellowships Programme.

The Foundation supports talented veterinary and medical researchers at an early stage in their careers through these competitively awarded Travelling Fellowships in One Health.  Applicants must be affiliated to a biomedically relevant academic institution in the UK, USA, EU or Australasia.

Further information and application forms for the Fellowships may be found on-line at  The closing date for applications is 31st January, 2019.

The Soulsby Foundation was established in 2016 by Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, a pioneer and champion of the One Health concept which recognises the need to take a multidisciplinary approach to solving global and environmental health challenges.

Lord Soulsby treasured a similar travelling award early in his professional life which he considered to be the catalyst that consolidated his future impressive career. He always sought to inspire colleagues and students to view animal and human medicine as one continuous health-related tapestry and, as the only Past President of the RCVS to have also become President of the RSM, he constantly used this unique position to bring the two professions together.

He died in 2017 but his pioneering approach lives on in the work of the Foundation which carries his name. Further information about the Foundation can be found at:

Provided November 3, 2018 by:

Emeritus Professor Michael J. Day, BSc BVMS(Hons) PhD DSc DiplECVP FASM FRCPath FRCVS

Director of Pathology, Asia Veterinary Diagnostics, Room 2016, 21st Floor, 9 Wing Hong Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol, UK

Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Pathology, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Comparative Pathology

Director of Pathology, KWS Biotest Ltd., Portishead, UK

Honorary Treasurer, WSAVA Executive Board, Chairman, WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group, Member, AFSCAN Project Board, Member, EERVC Project Board, Trustee, Mission Rabies, Trustee, Journal of Comparative Pathology Educational Trust, Trustee, The Soulsby Foundation

Note: Dr. Day is a prominent leader within the international One Health movement.

One Health: Connecting Animal, Human and Environmental Health
Saturday, November 03, 2018.

Note: All humans, worldwide and One Health advocates need to read and see this extraordinary article and talk by Dr. Sharon Deem, the St. Louis Zoo (USA) veterinarian.

One Health: Connecting Animal, Human and Environmental Health

One Health includes human health. Therefore, we include human health in all our studies. For example, through the St. Louis Box Turtle Project, we ...

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