What is An Emotional Support Animal?
Discussion Humans have had animals in their lives for millennia. Domesticated animals have been used for work, food, protection, and companionship among other activities. Dogs are a common species that are trained for a myriad of tasks including providing therapeutic benefits to persons with permanent or temporary disabilities including persons with psychiatric problems. The utilization of animals in medical/psychiatric therapeutic treatment programs is known as animal assisted activities (AAA) and animal assisted therapy (AAT). These programs have at least a 225-year history of being used. AAA tend to focus on recreation ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 9, 2023 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Kissing Bug Confidential: Priorities for Managing Chagas Disease
(MedPage Today) -- Kissing bug. Cone-nosed bug. Vinchuca. Chipo. Barbeiro. These English, Spanish, and Portuguese names are local sobriquets for nocturnal, blood-sucking insects that transmit a zoonotic parasite native to Latin America. In recent... (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 8, 2023 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Armed with air samplers, rope tricks, and —yes—ants, virus hunters spot threats in new ways
On a Friday morning in September last year, Erik Karlsson visited the sprawling Orussey market here, where vendors hawked pots and pans, phone cords and radios, hats and dresses—and myriad types of Southeast Asian food. Dozens of orange-colored, whole roasted pigs hung on hooks, crabs the size of two fists filled buckets, and stacked fruit and dried fish formed mountains on tables. Karlsson had come for the live poultry, but not because he was planning a dinner. As an epidemiologist at Cambodia’s Pasteur Institute, he was hunting for potentially dangerous pathogens, both known and unknown. He had nothing with him...
Source: ScienceNOW - January 5, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

Monkeypox as an emerging infectious disease: the ophthalmic implications
The 2022 outbreak of monkeypox is of worldwide significance. There has been a rapid escalation in case numbers despite efforts to contain it and the WHO has declared it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. To date, over 51 257 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported, the majority in non-endemic countries, with 3279 in the UK. It is vital for ophthalmologists to understand this disease and the risk it poses. Human monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by the monkeypox virus, a double-stranded DNA virus in the Orthopoxvirus genus of the Poxviridae family. Other orthopoxviruses include variola (smallpox)...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Universal Health Coverage: Think of Health Workers, not just Health Services
A laboratory technician works at a health and science centre in Bangkok, Thailand. It is a WHO Collaborating Centre for research and training on viral zoonoses. Credit: WHO/P. Phutpheng   Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December is the annual rallying point for the growing movement for health for all. It marks the anniversary of the United Nations’ historic and unanimous endorsement of universal health coverage in 2012. By Roopa Dhatt, David Bryden and Gill AdynskiWASHINGTON DC/ CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA/ GENEVA, Dec 19 2022 (IPS) Health services don’t deliver themselves. It is the nurse who triages in the e...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 19, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roopa Dhatt - David Bryden - Gill Adynski Tags: Editors' Choice Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

US public not warned that monkeys imported from Cambodia carried deadly pathogens
Documents reveal that pathogenic agents, zoonotic bacteria and viruses, including one deemed bioterrorism risk, entered US but ‘no indication CDC has been transparent’Animal activists are calling for the US government to stop the importation of non-human primates for laboratory use after documents from the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that deadly pathogenic agents, zoonotic bacteria and viruses – including one deemed to be a bioterrorism risk – entered the country with monkeys imported from Asia between 2018 and 2021.Documents obtained by People for the Ethical Treatment of Anima...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 18, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Claire Colley Tags: US news Science Infectious diseases Animals Source Type: news

Africa: Connecting the Dots on Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss, and Its Impact on Our Health #AfricaClimateCrisis
[allAfrica] Harare -- "We are facing an epidemic of epidemics. If we are looking at the data on this you'll see that over the last decades we have an increasing number of outbreaks. We have zoonotic diseases or vector borne diseases that are affecting humans, increasing number of outbreaks of disease that affect livestock and poultry on the eve of an increasing number of outbreaks affecting the wildlife." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 9, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UK zoonotic research site left to deteriorate - MPs
A lack of government investment in an animal disease lab is a threat to safety, a report says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: 'Gain of Function' Research Can Create Experimental Viruses. It Should Be More Strictly Regulated - or Banned
[The Conversation Africa] The United Nations Environment Programme recently published a scientific review that looks at environmental threats and risks in light of the COVID pandemic. It analyses links between human infectious diseases and nature and what we know about how diseases (zoonoses) can transfer from animals to humans. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

To thwart the next pandemic, ‘swientists’ hunt for flu viruses at U.S. hog shows
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Source: ScienceNOW - October 27, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Evidence suggests pandemic came from nature, not a lab, panel says
The acrimonious debate over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic flared up again this week with a report from an expert panel concluding that SARS-CoV-2 likely spread naturally in a zoonotic jump from an animal to humans—without help from a lab. “Our paper recognizes that there are different possible origins, but the evidence towards zoonosis is overwhelming,” says co-author Danielle Anderson, a virologist at the University of Melbourne. The report, which includes an analysis that found the peer-reviewed literature overwhelmingly supports the zoonotic hypotheses, appeared in the Proceedings of the Na...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 10, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

A Virus Poised to Jump Species to Humans A Virus Poised to Jump Species to Humans
Researchers show how close we are to another pandemic, and how it will start with zoonotic transmission.Medscape (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - October 4, 2022 Category: Surgery Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Monkeypox Outbreak Highlights Need to Prevent Future Zoonotic Diseases
The current global outbreak of monkeypox is a warning for the adoption of a preventative, One Health approach to minimize the future emergence of known and unknown zoonotic pathogens (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - September 24, 2022 Category: Disability Tags: Monkeypox Virus Source Type: news

Emerging infections and zoonoses: epidemic intelligence scanning procedures, UKHSA (updated 2nd September 2022)
Epidemic intelligence activities are undertaken to detect and assess potential emerging infectious disease threats to the UK. 2 September 2022Updated guidance. 22 January 2019First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda: FAO Trains 40 in Animal Disease Detection
[Observer] Over 40 Ugandan trainees last week graduated after the completion of training in effective detection, prevention, and response to infectious, zoonotic, and transboundary animal diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 2, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news