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American Society for Microbiology supports 'One Health' initiative
Date:5/13/2008

can help advance the field of microbiology in an era of increased emphasis on interdisciplinary and translational research.

According to the resolution adopted by the Society, the ASM aims to support educational efforts that holistically join animal, human, and environmental health issues; encourage joint efforts in the diagnosis and treatment of animal and human diseases, including the responsible use of antimicrobials; support cross-species disease surveillance that can aid in the early recognition of emerging infectious diseases; support joint efforts in the development and evaluation of new diagnostic methods, medicines, and vaccines for the prevention and control of infectious diseases that cross species boundaries; encourage interdisciplinary and translational research on zoonotic infectious diseases; and foster a dialogue about appropriate funding mechanisms for research on animal, human, and environmental health.

Relevant One Health issues of special concern to the ASM include emerging infectious diseases of humans, animals, and plants, including those occurring naturally or as potential bioweapons; development and transmission of antimicrobial resistance; impact of global climate change on infectious disease in all species; the transmission of diseases among pets and farm animals and humans; the cross-species infectivity of human, animal, and plant pathogens; and the environmental pools of human and animal toxin genes and pathogens.


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Contact: Barbara Hyde
bhyde@asmusa.org
202-942-9206
American Society for Microbiology
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