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EcoHealthNet held a successful workshop 2013

The 2013 workshop took place June 17th to June 21st, 2013 at the University of Minnesota, USA. This year’s workshop topic was on “One Health Approaches to Prevention and Control of Zoonotic Diseases”. EcoHealthNet co-investigators Dr Jonathan Epstein (EcoHealth Alliance) and Dr Katey Pelican (University of Minnesota) led this workshop’s coordination and schedule of events.

The workshop explored strategies of control and prevention of zoonotic diseases through didactic methods and hands-on experience, including interactive group work. Specific sessions included introductory lectures on qualitative research tools in risk assessment and zoonotic disease control and prevention, with a special focus on bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) outbreaks, biosecurity/biocontainment practices, development of "gap-analysis" prevention plans, communications skills to explain risk to the public and media. Students also participated in field trips, where they visited dairy farms, live markets, and cervid and wildlife farm-land to understand the key factors in reducing risk of transmission from wildlife to cattle and among cattle. Other visits included a trip to the Department of Health and the Department of Natural Resources to learn about current surveillance plans and collaborative networks and communication channels in place, within the One Health strategies.

A total of 98 applications were received. Twenty-four applicants were selected for the Workshop and 12 students were chosen for the Research Exchange portion of the programme. EcoHealthNet is an activity of the DIVERSITAS ecoHEALTH project.

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