One Health Headlines: Friday, July 6, 2012

The big One Health news this week centered around a report released by the International Livestock Research Institute showing the enormous toll zoonotic diseases take on humans and animals around the world, particularly in developing nations. According to an article in Nature, “The report identifies 13 such zoonotic diseases, including tuberculosis, anthrax and hepatitis E, which together cause 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths each year, mostly in low- and middle-income nations.”

Other stories in this week’s One Health roundup include a look at how the discovery of H5N1 avian influenza has shut down a popular bird market in Hong Kong; a study suggesting a link between the toxoplasma gondii parasite—spread through cat feces, undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables—and increased suicide risk in women; how studying yaks could help treat and prevent altitude sickness in humans; a program that uses horses to help at-risk teens; and much more.

As always, thanks for reading, and have a happy and healthy weekend!

Cost of human-animal disease greatest for world’s poor

Animals and humans linked in sickness, too
Seattle Times

Hong Kong closes bird market over H5N1 virus
Bangkok Post

Bison in CSU herd died from rabies
Denver Post

Infected rodents widespread in Algonquin Park, LU researchers find
Northern Life (Canada)

Study Links Cat Litter Box to Increased Suicide Risk
ABC News

New Brunswick bioscience firm on cusp of cancer breakthrough
Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

Paignton Zoo gorilla helps with human heart disease research
BBC News (U.K.)

ScienceShot: What Gets Yaks High?

Office Stress Dogging You? Try Punching In With Fido
National Public Radio

Maryland inmates training guide-dogs to benefit wounded veterans (Md.)

Video: Horses that heal at-risk teens

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