The One Health approach has gained steam over the last decade as a means of facilitating trans-disciplinary collaboration to address global health issues. Six true stories of effective applications of One Health are now available. Dr. Jamie Umber, who coordinated the story compilation, says that "there is growing knowledge that people remember compelling stories better than they do scientific data," but rather anecdotes.
Two years ago, Dr. Karlyn Eckman of the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota took notice of shifting cultivation, subpar water quality, and food insecurity in the northeastern state of Mizoram in India. This interest was sparked when Mr. Chongthu Chawnghnuna, the supervising engineer for the Public Health and Engineering Department for water supply in Mizoram, spent four months at the University of Minnesota as a Fulbright scholar.
Risk analysis has become an increasingly in-demand tool among countries and intergovernmental organizations because of its systematic, scientific and disciplined approach to food safety decision-making. Risk analysis utilizes available science to make the most informed decisions to reduce the risks to humans, plants, and animals. Risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication are three distinct but connected components of risk analysis.
Are consumers entitled to know whether their food is genetically engineered, or is labeling an unnecessary tool that induces fear of safe food products? Is backyard poultry production an ethical and environmentally-sound practice, or does it compromise consumer health by spreading foodborne illness?
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a contagious and fatal neurological disease of deer and elk. CWD affects both captive and free-ranging cervids in North America. Currently there is no effective treatment for CWD and management practices to prevent CWD transmission in both captive and wild cervids are limited.
Under a cooperative agreement with USDA APHIS Veterinary Services CAHFS faculty, residents and staff have utilized a public-private partnership approach to engage federal, state, academic and industry experts from around the country to inform and support the development of commodity specific pro-active risk assessments looking at the movement of different egg sector commodities during aHighly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the US.
Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia continue to deal with the fear, social upheaval, and massive loss of life caused by the ongoing Ebola outbreak. While the real impacts of Ebola are being felt in West Africa, returning travelers and health care workers have prompted concern about potential domestic spread. In the fall of 2014, human health care worker Ebola cases in Spain and Texas highlighted the largely unexplored role of dogs and other animals as potential carriers of Ebola virus.
Teams of researchers in Thailand and Minnesota are joining forces on three timely topics.
These research projects stemmed from the first World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Veterinary Education Twinning project which paired the veterinary faculties of Chiang Mai University in Thailand and the University of Minnesota as a way to evaluate curriculum and develop modern educational facilities and methods, based on accepted international standards.
Social, Political and Scientific Aspects of Disease: Neosporosis as a Case Study in One Health Research
Livestock handling accounts for a significant number of injuries on farms. “Stockmanship uses our knowledge of the behavior of cows to optimize cow flow, cow well-being, and milk production, and to reduce the risk of worker injuries.” To address this problem, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety’s partner, the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), has collaborated with dairy specialists and ind
Faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) are working on a project that will provide animal food manufacturers with an easy way to identify the most likely hazards that could occur in the various ingredients they use to make their products.