23 February 2010

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One Health Initiative Unites Human and Veterinary Medicine
by Stephen M. Apatow: Founder, Humanitarian Resource Institute, United Nations Arts Initiative, Pathobiologics International. [1]

In 2006, Los Alamos National Labs sponsored the Future of Biodetection Systems Workshop to bring together industry, academia, national labs, and federal agency personnel in an interactive process, to develop a roadmap for research and development investment in biodetection.  The focus of the program was emerging infectious diseases and the keynote address "DNA-based Detection Technologies" [2] targeted the need for collaboration of human and veterinary medicine as we confronted the global infectious disease threat:

New and reemerging infectious diseases will pose a rising global health threat and will complicate US and global security over the next 20 years. These diseases will endanger US citizens at home and abroad, threaten US armed forces deployed overseas, and exacerbate social and political instability in key countries and regions in which the United States has significant interests. -- The Global Infectious Disease Threat and Its Implications for the United States: National Intelligence Council, January 2000. [3]

Today, 10 years into the NIC projection, the world is in the midst of the early waves [4] of a WHO Level 6 Pandemic [5] in conjunction with an international economic emergency. [6]  Physicians, veterinarians and scientists privileged with access to genomic maps of high consequence pathogens, [7] comprehend the meaning of world trade and travel being shut down for 12-24 months, by an outbreak that can spread across the globe in a 24-48 hours via air travel. [8,9]

Today, the "One Health Initiative," is a movement to forge co-equal, all inclusive collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, and other scientific-health related disciplines, has been endorsed by various major medical organizations and health agencies, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the American Society for Microbiology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, more than 400 prominent scientists, physicians and veterinarians worldwide have endorsed the initiative. On the web:

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1.Stephen Michael Apatow: Founder: Humanitarian Resource Institute, United Nations Arts Initiative, Pathobiologics International. Url: www.apatow.org
2. DNA Based Detection Technologies: Keynote: Stephen M. Apatow, Future of Biodetection Systems Workshop, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Url: http://www.pathobiologics.org/btac/lanl/bioscience/ref/SMABDS_Final.pdf
3. The Global Infectious Disease Threat and Its Implications for the United States: National Intelligence Council, January 2000. Url: http://www.dni.gov/nic/special_globalinfectious.html
4. 1918 influenza: the mother of all pandemics: Taubenberger JK, Morens DM., Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 Jan. Url:  http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no01/05-0979.htm
5. Current WHO phase of pandemic alert: World Health Organization. Url: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/phase/en/index.html
6. IBAHRI: Government Debt: Default Projections: Humanitarian Resource Institute, 18 February 2010. Includes IBAHRI: G-192: Scope of Global Debt Crisis in Focus: Humanitarian Resource Institute, 10 February 2010. Url: http://www.unarts.org/news/ibahri_2102010.html
7. Bioinformatics: Pathological Diagnostics. Humanitarian Resource Institute, Pathobiologics International. Url: http://www.humanitarian.net/biodefense/bioinformatics/
8. SARS Down But Still a Threat: National Intelligence Council, Intelligence Community Assessment, August 2003. Url: http://www.humanitarian.net/law/ref/sars_nic82003.pdf
9. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Biodefense and Epidemiological Tracking: Humanitarian Resource Institute, Pathobiologics International. Url: http://www.humanitarian.net/biodefense/sars_biodefense.html

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