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Friday, January 6, 2017

Welcome to 2017!

As I mentioned in my final blog of 2016, “life really does go faster as we get older”.  Case in point was the fact that Christmas break flew by!  I was fortunate enough to have 9 days off, and so one would think you’d come back refreshed. However, with 4 family functions, 1 birthday party and a multi-day hockey tournament, I cannot say I had much time to sit and relax!

As I now sit watching the Canada vs USA World Junior Hockey Gold Medal game, I wonder what 2017 will hold?  As a Canadian, I know there will be many different celebrations as we move towards July 1st and the celebration of our 150th year.  Will 2017 follow in the footsteps of 2016 with so many celebrity deaths?  Perhaps 2017 will be the year of the “bad guy deaths”?  I hear that Charles Manson is quite ill…

If I were to make predictions for 2017, I would say the One Health Initiative will continue to grow as the focus of managing and preventing antibiotic resistant organisms in both the human and animal health markets expands.  I would also say that the environment’s role in transmitting infections and the need to effectively clean and disinfect environmental surfaces and shared medical equipment will continue to be a focus.  I can at least guarantee that I will continue to blog - 2017 marks the 6th year for Talk Clean To Me.  In 2017, I will try to cover as many topics and share as many educational resources as possible, and without a doubt I guarantee that I will continue to be quirky and cheeky!

While I’m not exactly sure what 2017 is going to bring in terms of topics, you can be sure that I’ll touch on all facets of human and animal health. Will a new zoonotic disease pop up?  Will 2017 be a bad year for Influenza (Human, Avian, Swine or Canine)? Will we find the silver bullet for ensuring surfaces are clean and do not contribute in the spread of disease?  Will we unlock the secret of how to get people to wash their hands?  Your guess is as good as mine, but I know I look forward to finding interesting and fun topics to blog about and hope you’ll continue reading!

To continue with my tradition of signing off my first blog of the year, I wish everyone a wonderful January, a lovely February, a peaceful March, a stress-free April, a fun-filled May, joy that lasts from June to November, and finally a happy December. While I know it’s highly unlikely to happen, I hope this year doesn't fly by as fast as 2016! 

Bugging Off!


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