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Disease from farmer to soldier… how are they connected?

By Azureen Erdman

You might already know there are a number of diseases that you can get from your farm animals. One such disease is known as Q fever, caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii. Though your animals might appear healthy, shedding can occur through the fetal membranes, placenta, milk, urine, and feces. Manifestation of this disease in your animals could be seen with late-term abortions, stillbirths, retained placentas, endometritis, and infertility.  It is believed only 40 percent of humans exposed to Q fever will show any signs, and a majority of those who show signs will just appear with “flu-like” symptoms for a few days. Two to five percent of exposed humans will develop respiratory infections.  More symptoms can manifest from this disease, however rare. Contact with a sheep, goat, cow, or cat during the birth process is the most common source of disease for humans. Once this bacterium is shed into the environment, it can survive on its own and be spread by wind to infect a human with no contact to livestock. In fact, multiple reports of Q fever have been seen within various armed forces groups around the world.

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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.”

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One Health Headlines: Friday, June 22, 2012

Last week we highlighted some of the wide coverage given to the recently published One Health-related book “Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing.” This coverage included a lengthy essay in the New York Times by the authors of Zoobiquity, taking a look at some of the conditions that effect both humans and animals. We lead off this One Health roundup with AVMA President-Elect Doug Aspros’ response to that essay, which appeared in the Times earlier this week.

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