Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia continue to deal with the fear, social upheaval, and massive loss of life caused by the ongoing Ebola outbreak. While the real impacts of Ebola are being felt in West Africa, returning travelers and health care workers have prompted concern about potential domestic spread. In the fall of 2014, human health care worker Ebola cases in Spain and Texas highlighted the largely unexplored role of dogs and other animals as potential carriers of Ebola virus.
It is December…the year is drawing to a close. While some of us spend time looking back at the accomplishments of the year, others are busy looking forward to the promise of new opportunities and challenges to be mastered. It’s all a matter of perspective.
How is CAHFS involved in assuring food security?
Security of the animal-based global food system is central to the mission of CAHFS. As a food animal and public health veterinarian and Director of Academic Programs of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, animal health and food safety have been my consistent focus, though I have come to recognize that food security is a powerful way to characterize the societal need for our work.
Educational relevance and sustainability… New programs on the way!
The 2014 Farm to Table Study program will explore the food system from farm-to-table in Costa Rica, which has a food processing industry that produces nearly US $1 billion annually.
Under a cooperative agreement with USDA APHIS Veterinary Services CAHFS faculty, residents and staff have utilized a public-private partnership approach to engage federal, state, academic and industry experts from around the country to inform and support the development of commodity specific pro-active risk assessments looking at the movement of different egg sector commodities during aHighly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the US.
The 2014 Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations (EIO) program took place this March. The week-long program provided participants the opportunity to network among key global leaders and new skills for effectively engaging intergovernmental organizations.
2014 EIO Photo Slideshow
In spring 2012 we, the Center for Animal Food Health and Safety (CAFHS) at the College of Veterinary Medicine had a bold idea: “Let’s create a fund to help our resident students study around the world to further their education and at the same time let us honor those early pioneers in public health and veterinary medicine.” And with that the Veterinary Pioneers in Public Health Resident Education fund was established.
In these two short years, the Center has awarded three substantial grants to three resident students. These residents have:
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a contagious and fatal neurological disease of deer and elk. CWD affects both captive and free-ranging cervids in North America. Currently there is no effective treatment for CWD and management practices to prevent CWD transmission in both captive and wild cervids are limited.