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University of Minnesota announces One Health Workforce

The University of Minnesota (U of M) is leading a new $50 million effort to train a people around the world to prevent pandemics. It’s called the One Health Workforce. According to John Deen, one of the One Health Workforce project leads, and a professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the U of M, “We need a One Health Workforce that accounts for the different aspects of diseases spreading and in turn being controlled.” What makes this effort unique is that it is not only doctors, nurses and public health workers who will be trained but also veterinarians, all working together to address emerging infectious diseases.

Read more at KARE11.

Launch of white paper on vector-borne diseases

The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) has launched a white paper on vector borne diseases and their impact on animal and human health, with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The paper, which aims to assist in combating vector borne diseases to promote the better health and welfare of animals for the greater good of protecting animals and humans globally, emphasizes the need to understand the diseases and to spread awareness of the most effective ways of managing and preventing them.

Read more at IFAH’s website.

Kansas animal health officials working with USDA officials on PEDv federal order protocols

Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health is working with animal health industry officials at Kansas State University and around the country to provide a coordinated response to help control and mitigate porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Routine and standard disease reporting will help identify the magnitude of the disease in the U.S. and can help determine whether additional actions are needed.

Read more at High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal.