Author Archives: Julie Ciaramella

Researchers need to prepare vaccines for next flu pandemic

An article in “The Atlantic” called “The Quest to End the Flu” illustrates the importance of being prepared for a pandemic by having effective vaccines that can be made quickly, using the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak as an example. The article is a really good read for those of us interested in One Health.

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Brucellosis research may lead to better treatment for other zoonotic diseases

Dr. Jean Celli, a researcher at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University, studies brucellosis and its effects on people and animals. Brucellosis “is an infectious disease caused by bacteria,” according to the CDC’s website, and “people can get the disease when they are in contact with infected animals or animal products contaminated with the bacteria. Animals that are most commonly infected include sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, and dogs, among others.”

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Ohio State veterinary school dean writes about importance of One Health

“We need a One Health strategy that emphasizes an integrated surveillance system focused on animals, food and the environment as areas of concern. This approach will allow us to see the potential health risks as they present themselves, giving us the opportunity to prevent outbreaks, rather than waiting until people are sick,” writes Dr. Lonnie J. King, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University, on the Huffington Post today.

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White-footed mouse “especially efficient” at passing Lyme-causing bacterium

While deer are usually singled out as the carriers of adult ticks, researchers have turned their focus to white-footed mice, which host immature ticks and can pass the Lyme-causing bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi from one generation of ticks to the next, according to an article on scientificamerican.com. The white-footed mouse is described as an “animal weed” by a biologist quoted in the article, because they can continue to surge in population even as human development encroaches into the forest.

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One Health Headlines: October 25, 2013

In this week’s One Health roundup: 15 people were treated in Vermont after a puppy tested positive for rabies; an eight-year-old girl is Cambodia’s 21st case of H5N1 avian flu this year; and more.

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