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4th Zoonotic Disease Symposium
September 6-8, 2013


This year's Zoonotic Disease Symposium will focus on the use of biological agents as mechanisms of terrorism, along with methods of disease detection and widespread notification and control. Lectures, activities, and wet labs will provide attendees with knowledge about veterinary-related aspects of bioterrorism, as well as the importance of biosecurity and emergency preparedness. Together, these efforts will be useful to prevent the incidence and spread of such pathogens and protect associated animal and human populations and their surrounding environments.

We truly hope that students will take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate with their peers in the health sciences. Students should come out of this weekend not only with a better understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals, but also with an appreciation for the necessity of partnerships between all health professionals in preventing and treating zoonoses and handling disease outbreaks.

Dr. Alfonso Torres
Associate Dean for Public Policy,
Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

In light of recent events around the world, national governments and the
general public have developed a heightened awareness about bioterrorism and the need for emergency preparedness. The economic cost of large scale
animal disease outbreaks could be immense, involving direct losses to
production and for control of the disease and maintenance of market access.  Many zoonotic diseases also pose a threat to public health and could be easily acquired, either in nature or from laboratories, to be used as biological weapons. The release or threat of release of these zoonotic
pathogens could also have significant economic and health impacts and
result in social disruption, making such animal pathogens another attractive option for acts of terrorism.

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