One Health Publications

Top Texas A&M (USA) scientists call for COVID-19 investigation

June 25, 2020

… “We must prevent this from happening again,” said Dr. Gerald Parker, Director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service. “This is not going to be our last pandemic.”


Dr. Peter Hotez, a Hagler Institute scholar at Texas A&M and a vaccine researcher at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, agreed with the need for a bipartisan inquiry.” …


“ … Hotez, a physician, is one of the globe’s most influential people in health care through his work at Baylor and as co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.


Parker, a veterinary scientist, is one of the nation’s top experts on defending against emerging public health threats after serving in bio defense leadership positions at the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services. He also is associate dean for Global One Health at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. …”

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World’s largest public agricultural research network launches COVID-19 Hub to support global scientific response

June 25, 2020

“… Around two-thirds of CGIAR’s existing research portfolio is already directly relevant to tackling the coronavirus outbreak. The work of most immediate relevance encompasses four research pillars: (1) food systems, (2) One Health (the human-animal-environment health interface), (3) inclusive public programs for food security and nutrition and (4) policies and investments for crisis response, economic recovery and improved future resilience. …”

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The Fletcher School awarded 100k grant

June 24, 2020

“Thanks to a Cummings Foundation $100,000 grant, The Fletcher School at Tufts University will launch a Global One Health Diplomacy Initiative dedicated to identifying holistic, interdisciplinary solutions to complex global health problems. The Initiative seeks to meet the need for effective global health diplomacy by combining The Fletcher School’s distinctive strengths in international law and diplomacy, social justice, and international peace and security, with the expertise in health and nutrition science, and human and veterinary medicine at Tufts’ health sciences schools. …”

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The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What’s Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again

June 22, 2020

“ … Disease as a social pathology

Horton foresees political parties actively recruiting more scientists, if only to meet the demands of a changed public. “Publics will no long view disease as a pathology of the body,” he predicts. “We will see disease as a pathology of society.” Medicine and other sciences will change as well, adopting the concept of “One Health” — that the health of humans and that of animals are linked. Universal health care will be not just a nice idea for rich countries, but a matter of self-preservation for rich and poor alike: “My health depends on your health. Your health depends on my health. We cannot escape one another.”

How we are to achieve a pandemic-proof society is up to us. But Richard Horton has pointed the way, and if we fail we will have no one to blame but ourselves.”

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Response to COVID-19: Venerable Health Institutions Make Mistakes

June 18, 2020

“Yes, venerable health institutions make mistakes…The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in health institutions that traditionally are looked to for hard information and guidance. …”

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We live in One World. It’s time to talk about One Health. Inspiring the next generation to see the world as one

June 15, 2020

The Passion behind
One Health lessons

Meeting the global need. One classroom at a time.

Dr. Deborah Thomson develops One Health lessons for children ages 6 to 18 so that they can understand the inextricable connection between human health and the health of animals and the environment.

She is passionate about the science field and has taught her One Health lessons in underserved public schools and online. Based on teacher feedback, she has inspired over 1,000 children to consider a future in science. Her lessons have been taught internationally.

Besides developing student lessons (which are delivered virtually or in the classroom), she is a veterinarian, a science policy advisor, a first responder, an award-winning public speaker and musician, and an overall One Health advocate.

Before becoming a veterinarian, she taught music in a primary school and was a full-time instructor of English Language Learners between the ages of 11 and 65. Throughout veterinary school and for years after graduation, she never lost her passion for teaching children. With these lessons, she combines her two passions: One Health and primary/secondary school education.

A special thanks goes to Dr. Kyle Novak, mathematician and member of the Noun Project, who designed the One Health Lessons logo.

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Animal Vaccination Concerns: Vaccine-Associated Autoimmune and Other Diseases

June 12, 2020


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Applying the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) to medical, veterinary and dual degree Master of Public Health (MPH) students at a private medical institution

June 11, 2020

Provided by:

Rohini R. Roopnarine DVM M.Phil, EdD (Higher Ed.),MRCVS 

Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine,
and Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health,School of Medicine,
St George’s University,
True Blue Campus, P.O.Box 7,
Grenada, West Indies.
Tel:444-4175 ext 3678


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Veterinary labs continue to support COVID-19 testing

June 10, 2020

 … “Recently published research shows that nonhuman primates, cats, ferrets, and gold hamsters can be experimentally infected with COVID-19 and spread the infection to animals of the same species in laboratory settings,” said Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh, director of the CDC One Health Office and lead for the agency’s COVID-19 One Health Working Group, speaking on the Zoonoses and One Health Update call.

“Of note, pigs, chickens, and a duck did not become infected, based on the results of these studies.”

Dr. Behravesh explained that the findings come from a small number of animals and don’t indicate whether the animals can spread the infection to people.

There’s no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is present in U.S. wildlife, including bats, she said. Also, it isn’t clear whether the new coronavirus would sicken North American bat species.

“It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations,” Dr. Behravesh said. “At this time, there is no evidence animals play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2.

“Based on limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered low.”

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Dogs Could Be Early Warning System for Human Health

June 8, 2020

“ … Humans spend incredible amounts of time with their dogs—that’s especially true right now,” said Matthew Breen, professor of comparative oncology genetics at NC State and corresponding author of the paper. “If we develop ways to correlate dog disease with their exposures over time, it may give human-health professionals the opportunity to mitigate these exposures for both species. This study reinforces the concept of One Health, demonstrating that in addition to being our closest animal companions, our dogs truly are a sentinel species for health.”


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One health, one world: Vital role of working equines emphasised

June 8, 2020

“Today we are all in no doubt that there is One Health and One World. Recent climate and human health events show the consequences of business as usual. We recognise our partnership with animals and the planet needs to be rebalanced.”

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Is It Safe to Return to Offices? How to Resume Work During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 5, 2020

Jun 4, 2020

Federal guidelines have been released to help employers keep offices as safe as possible, but there are a few risks you should know beforehand.

“ … The full set of CDC guidelines for offices can be found here, but it’s up to employers to perfectly adapt them in their own spaces — and that’s not an easy feat, says Aileen Maria Marty, M.D., an infectious disease professor at Florida International University’s College of Medicine and co-editor-in-chief of journal One Health. “The needs and risks apparent in a smaller office supporting six or seven administrative roles is vastly different than a vast office that might support hundreds of workers in a physical capacity, or those who need to meet face to face constantly,” she explains. If you’re wondering how the CDC guidelines may apply to you, Dr. Marty reviews the most apparent risks in a shared, enclosed office space of any kind — plus a few steps you can take to reduce your risk. …”

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