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Dr. Brian McCluskey

Brian received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1987 and following graduation was in large animal practice, primarily dairy, in western Washington State. He joined APHIS in 1990 and was stationed in Charleston,... Read more

Content type: Webinar

Anthrax is a globally distributed zoonotic disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a soil-borne, Gram-positive, spore forming bacteria. Bacillus anthracis can infect people who slaughter or eat animals that are infected. Recent reports indicate the incidence of human anthrax has increased steadily... Read more

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Pakistan being a subtropical region is highly susceptible to water-borne, air-borne and vector-borne infectious diseases (IDs). Each year, millions of its people are exposed to, and infected with, deadly pathogens including hepatitis, tuberculosis, malaria, and now-a-days dengue fever (DF).... Read more

Content type: Case Study

Livestock diseases in most developing countries are often widely distributed. The wide distribution of diseases often renders whole countries ineligible to participate in international trade of meat and meat products. These trade restrictions serve as a continuous primary source of revenue loss... Read more

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The New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (NYSVDL) receives more than 100,000 diagnostic submissions a year that are not currently used in any formal syndromic surveillance system. In 2009, a pilot study of syndrome classification schemes was undertaken and in 2011 a new general... Read more

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Live poultry markets (LPMs) continue to operate in many Asian countries. Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) viruses are often endemic in the poultry, and LPM presents the opportunity for human-poultry interactions and potential human infections with avian influenza viruses.

As a series... Read more

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Statutory veterinary disease surveillance generally focuses on food animals with only minimal resources committed to companion animals. However, the close contact between owners and pets suggests that disease surveillance in these species could benefit both animal and human health.

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From December 2014 to February 2015, Maricopa County, Arizona was the host site for several high profile events, including Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. Public health officials were allocated with implementing numerous enhanced surveillance activities to quickly identify health risks to... Read more

Content type: Case Study

Presented October 25, 2017.

In regular contact with abattoir workers during inspections, USDA APHIS Georgia employees noticed very few employees using proper PPE, and observed risky slaughter and processing practices  at both small and large abattoirs. In general, employees seemed to have... Read more

Content type: Webinar

There is a need for regular evaluation of surveillance strategies. The emergence of new diagnostic tests and new sources of data, changes in the spatio-temporal distribution of diseases and other factors must be periodically assessed to guarantee that the objectives of the surveillance effort... Read more

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