What has Toxoplasma in Sea Otters Taught Us about the Risks and the One Health Approach to Global Public Health

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Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)
To receive continuing education (CE) for WD2922-020618 – Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars – Toxoplasma in Sea Otters – February 6, 2018 (Web on Demand), please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps by March 13, 2020


Sea otters were hunted to near extinction in the 1800s and were listed as a threatened species. Following protection, sea otter populations failed to recover at predicted rates. A closer look into the health of southern sea otters revealed that protozoal encephalitis was a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Those infections were due to two terrestrial protozoal pathogens, Toxoplasma gondii and Sarcocystis neurona. An interdisciplinary One Health approach was taken to determine how a terrestrial pathogen was causing such profound disease in marine mammals.

At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii and the importance of the oocyst in transmission.
  • Explain the different mechanisms for oocyst accumulation in the ocean where sea otters become infected.
  • List possible steps to reduce pathogen pollution in coastal habitats.
  • Define a keystone species and discuss what we have learned about ecosystem health and human health risks from studying sea otter health.

Heather Fritz, DVM PhD, Davis CA

  • Webinar/Audio conference call on 02/06/2018: 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM ET on 02/06/2018
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

No additional resources available for this webinar.

“WD2922” 0387-0000-18-079-H04-P for attendees who participate in the online presentation (must be completed by March 13, 2020)

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians
  • Contact Information:coca@cdc.gov
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communication Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.

Accreditation Statements

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.0 contact hour.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to total 1 Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

Image of acpe logo.CPE:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive) 0.1 CEUs in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-18-079-L04-P  and enduring 0387-0000-18-079-H04-P course category.

This activity has been designated as Knowledge-Based.

Once credit is claimed, an unofficial statement of credit is immediately available on TCEOnline. Official credit will be uploaded within 60 days on the NABP/CPE Monitor.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credit for this program.

AAVSB/RACE:This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1.0 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, CDC, our planners, our presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

The presentation will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

Page last reviewed: December 11, 2018