health & disease

How Does Real Time Disease Surveillance Work?


The UC Davis' Disease BioPortal is a realtime disease surveillance suite that can help researchers understand and track the issues around human and animal disease outbreaks.
The dynamics that foster disease emergence and transmission world-wide continue to expand in complexity and scope, thus creating unprecedented new challenges to solving local, regional, and global problems of animal and human health and to mitigating their social, economic, and political consequences.
Dr. Barbara Brito, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, University of California, Davis, provides an update on this platform.


How Can Policy Makers Learn More About Animal Science?

Animal Frontiers The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS), and the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) launched a new print publication at the Joint Association Meeting (JAM) in New Orleans. Animal Frontiers aims to help bring animal science information to a broad audience with concise and focused series four times a year.
Each issue of Animal Frontiers will address a common theme with leading authors in those areas addressing various aspects of the theme. Animal Frontiers is published quarterly with an intended international readership of scientists, politicians, industry leaders and the general public seeking a scientific perspective on issues related to animal agriculture.

Can Communicating with Consumers Help In Agriculture?

NIAA Animal Health Emergency Management Council

Foot-and-mouth disease, not to be confused with hand, foot and mouth disease, is a virus that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep, and pigs. Foot-and-mouth disease is a serious animal disease but it does not affect food safety.

Unfortunately, many consumers are not aware of the disease until there is an outbreak. When surveyed, 69% of consumers say people can get FMD from infected meat, and many confuse FMD with bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE. FMD cannot be spread to humans through meat consumption and FMD is not related to BSE.

To help better prepare the animal agriculture industry before outbreaks occur, Dairy Management Inc., The Pork Checkoff, and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association are working together to provide producers with the tools to help inform and educate consumers that FMD is not a threat to people and does not affect the safety of meat or milk. This presentation by Cindy Cunningham, Assistant VP of Communications, National Pork Board, shares the current state of the Cross Species FMD Communications Team. From 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

DairyCast 0418 - Why Foreign Disease Threats Keep Industry On Edge

DairyCast 0418 Show Notes:
  • In this special episode with Tech Nation's Dr. Moira Gunn, Tom Thornton, president and CEO of the Kansas Bioscience Authority discusses the need to tighten our international biosecurity firewall.  Special thanks to ITConversations.com

Dr. Pam Hullinger - FMD Vaccination as One Potential Control Measure During an FMD Outbreak Response


FMD Vaccination as One Potential Control Measure During an FMD Outbreak Response - Dr. Pam Hullinger, DVM, MPVM, DACVPM, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology, University of California-Davis, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Cindy Cunningham - Overview of Cross-Species Communications Working Group


Overview of Cross-Species Communications Working Group - Cindy Cunningham, Assistant VP of Communications, National Pork Board, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Dr. Tammy Beckham - Protecting Agriculture Infrastructure: Defining the needs and requirements for agriculture screening tools


Protecting Agriculture Infrastructure: Defining the needs and requirements for agriculture screening tools - Dr. Tammy Beckham, DVM, Ph.D., Director, National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

2011 NIAA Consumer's Stake in Today's Food Production

2011 NIAA Conference 2011 NIAA Consumer's Stake in Today's Food Production April 11 - 14, 2011, San Antonio, TX, USA. There has never been a time in which consumers were more interested in the origin of their food supply. Agriculture in the U.S. has proudly developed the most productive, safest, readily available source of wholesome nutrition in the world’s history. And consumers today expect no less. This conference brings new perspectives and calls to action on agriculture engaging consumers.

How Does USDA Inspected Stamp Change?

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The USDA has issued a change in the way the pervasive "Inspected" stamp is to be applied in the future. The new process calls for the stamp's application to occur after test samples come back negative for any issues.

The American Meat Institute has long urged the industry to adopt test and hold policies. In October 2009, Patrick Boyle, president of AMI, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking that the agency mandate test and hold. Boyle noted in the letter that more than 80 percent of the recalls due to of E. coli O157:H7 and all recalls due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes during 2009 could have been prevented if tested products had been held.
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