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100 years of Dr. Steele, "father of veterinary public health"

Dr. James H. Steele, Veterinary Doctor, professor emeritus in the School of Public Health, University of Texas, recognized worldwide as the "father of veterinary public health," meets 100 years on April 3, 2013. Dr. Steele has devoted his entire career to prevention and control of diseases transmitted from animals to humans, and their efforts have had worldwide impact.

He founded the veterinary division of the CDC in 1947 and began the principles of veterinary public health in the world. His work helped create a better understanding of the epidemiology of zoonoses; Dr. Steele compiled and laid the first books on this topic. During the Annual Meeting of the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC in 2006, Dr. Steele received the Abraham Horwitz Award for Leadership in Inter-American Health for his outstanding contributions to veterinary public health in the Americas. Among various contributions is also the theme of "One Health", on which he co-authored a landmark publication in 2007, now at 94 years of age. In 2009, during the convention of the American Association of Veterinary launched his biography, "One Man, One Medicine, One Health: The story of James H. Steele," which tells of the nine decades of life of this great professional and mentor many veterinary public health in the world. On 2 and 3 April, the date of the anniversary of 100 years of Dr. Steele, various celebrations are being held in his honor.

Dr. James H. Steele

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Follow up to the 1st FAO Multi-stakeholder Forum on Animal Welfare


International conference "ONE HEALTH" from SAPUVETNET III

La Salle University hosted the international Conference One Health from SAPUVETNET III project, which is an initiative of 16 European and Latin-american Universities that consider human, animal and vegetable’s health as one only Public Health. To the conference attended Professors of great notoriety. In the photo can been seen Miguel Torres, Veterinary PhD Universidad Agraria de la Habana, Silvana Gorniac, Veterinary PhD Universidade de São Paulo and Luis Carlos Villamil, Professor of Faculdade de Ciências Agropecuárias, Universidad de La Salle

Prof Miguel Torres, Silvana Gorniac and Luis Villamil

Recovery of a Patient from Clinical Rabies — California, 2011

See the original article from the CDC.


An outbreak of E. coli_ infections that sickened 27 people spread from the Kelley Building, one of the fair's permanent structures where sheep, goats and pigs were housed and judged.
State Epidemiologist Megan Davies said the illness is likely related to animal contact, though the study did not implicate any specific animal or breed in the outbreak. "We know that _E. coli_ O157 is often found in the intestines of ruminant animals, which include cows, goats and sheep," Davies said. "These bacteria are shed in the animal's feces, so if it is on the animal itself or surfaces around the animal that someone touches, the bacteria can be transmitted to that person."


Health hazards are becoming a major concern as contamination of floodwater caused mainly by uncollected garbage is widespread – while warnings against waterborne zoonoses and food poisoning have been issued.
The Public Health Ministry's Department of Medical Sciences yesterday [7 Nov 2011] warned of possible leptospirosis in flooded areas and against consuming ice and iced drinks from unknown production sources.
The minister reported one leptospirosis case in Khon Kaen and 20 suspected cases. The bacterial disease, which is found usually in flooded areas up to 3 weeks after a flood recedes, is potentially fatal if not properly treated.
In Bangkok, residents are encouraged to sort and separate rubbish, with decaying foodstuff and materials tightly sealed, as only 30 per cent of daily garbage can now be collected while more than 100 garbage trucks are undergoing modification to enable them to travel through high water.


Complex steps needed for airborne H5N1 spread in ferrets

A series of complex changes allowed the H5N1 avian flu virus to become transmissible via airborne droplets in ferrets, US researchers reported in the journal “Virology'. A mutant virus were created combining one of the variants (Q196R) with mutations from previous pandemic viruses (Q226L and G228S). This novel virus was transmitted between ferrets, which are seen as good models of flu transmission in humans. Spread, however, occurred by direct contact, not by airborne droplets. The team then created a reassortant virus containing the mutant hemagglutinin, a human N2 neuraminidase, and internal genes from an H5N1 virus, and observed that it was "partially transmitted via respiratory droplets." The researchers conclude, "The complex changes required for airborne transmissibility in ferrets suggest that extensive evolution is needed for H5N1 transmissibility in humans."



The Manual for Animal´s Exotic Diseases written by the United States Animal Health Association is available for free download at http://www.fmvz.unam.mx/fmvz/principal/archivos/Exoticas.pdf.

Statement on the 3rd International Conference on Neglected Zoonotic Diseases

The 3rd International Conference on Neglected Zoonotic Diseases took place at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from 23-24 November 2010. The theme was “Community-based interventions for prevention and control of neglected tropical diseases”. About 100 participants from all WHO regions attended.
The resume is now available at http://www.who.int/neglected_diseases/zoonoses/en/ or to download.

REDVET, the veterinary online magazine, already available the February’s edition

It is available the February REDVET magazine to download from http://veterinaria.org/. There are many articles of investigation, revision, technical and divulgation.

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control's February 2011 newsletter

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control's February 2011 newsletter is now available at: www.rabiescontrol.net/GARCnewsletter21. This issue contains updates on rabies activities in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Taiwan and Togo, information about a recent WHO Neglected Zoonotic Disease meeting, and other rabies related news.

Veterinaria.com challenge and 2011, the World Veterinary Year

To celebrate 2011 as the world veterinary year and to raise awareness of veterinary services to society among all, which are often unknown, Veterinaria.org sets the challenge to all veterinarians, veterinary students, other professionals and any other interested person to send videos, jokes, texts and images about animal practice, animal welfare, public health, food safety, action due to a crisis situation, etc. The material should be sent to: redaccion@veterinaria.org In June there will be a selection of the received material in the REDVET magazine. Take part in this project!!

Free download Book Conservation Biology for All

Oxford University Press makes conservation biology textbook by some of the world's most prominent ecologists and conservation biologists available as free download

"Conservation Biology for All" provides cutting-edge but basic conservation science to a global readership. A series of authoritative chapters have been written by the top names in conservation biology with the principal aim of disseminating cutting-edge conservation knowledge as widely as possible. Important topics such as balancing conversion and human needs, climate change, conservation planning, designing and analyzing conservation research, ecosystem services, endangered species management, extinctions, fire, habitat loss, and invasive species are covered. Numerous text boxes describing additional relevant material or case studies are also included.

Can be found here!!



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