Special Hill Briefing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Society for Microbiology and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Infectious diseases can easily cross geographic boundaries, especially in a time of unprecedented global travel and commerce. Global killers like malaria and TB remind us that the war against pathogenic microorganisms is far from over. The viruses causing HIV infections and Ebola fever were once unknown pathogens that were linked by science to newly emerging diseases. Infectious agents can move from animal hosts to human hosts and back, adapt to the ever-changing natural environment, and cause a public health crisis that no country can afford to ignore.

This briefing will discuss the increasing emergence of infectious diseases affecting humans that are diseases of animal origin, including animal pathogens that are also bioterrorism threat agents; how the global food supply is being affected by new routes of infection and pathogens; the impact and spread of mosquito borne diseases, like West Nile; and the growing threat to public health from waterborne pathogens that can contaminate our water supplies. The briefing will also address how we can work to prevent these threats and prepare for new emerging infectious diseases.

The speakers in this briefing will include: Lonnie J. King, DVM, Director of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (ZVED) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Marguerite Pappaioanou, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D., Dip ACVPM, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and Ronald M. Atlas, Ph.D., American Society for Microbiology.