Tag Archives: One Health

One Health Commission to hold webinar Nov. 10

The One Health Commission is holding a free, all-day webinar on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. According to the OHC’s website (where you can register to attend), the 1st International Who’s Who in One Health Webinar will “bring together noted One Health leaders, advocates, professionals and students in real-time to discuss global One Health efforts while providing a forum for dialogue within and across disciplines.”

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Ebola in the news

Ebola has been in the news lately, as an American infected with Ebola in Liberia is being treated in Atlanta. Ebola is a rare disease, and there are no approved drugs available to treat it — nor are there approved vaccines. People infected with Ebola are given care to help their immune systems fight the virus.

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Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Colorado

In Colorado, an indoor/outdoor domestic cat tested positive for rabies after it bit and scratched its owner, who is receiving post-exposure treatment. Two dogs in the household are under a 45-day home observation, and thankfully both are up-to-date on their vaccines. This is an important reminder to have your pets vaccinated for rabies, and to make sure those vaccines stay current.

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Second case of MERS confirmed in U.S.

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) has been in the news lately, as the second case has been confirmed in the United States, this time in Florida. (The first case was confirmed in Indiana.) In both cases, the infected patients traveled to the United States from Saudi Arabia. The cases are not related, and both patients are expected to recover.

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Raising awareness of mosquito-borne diseases during Mosquito Week

Over at Mashable, Bill Gates (yep, that Bill Gates) wrote a post about the importance of recognizing the health risks posed by mosquitoes. These bugs might only be a summertime nuisance for a lot of us, but Gates writes that among the poor, mosquitoes can be deadly. They carry malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people a year, and other diseases, like dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. To raise awareness about mosquito-borne diseases, Gates is taking a page from Shark Week and holding Mosquito Week at his blog, GatesNotes, all this week.

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