Nolan Hartwig, Faculty, Veterinary Medicine
International terrorism and outbreaks of highly contagious animal diseases constitute a major threat to the domestic and wild animals in the U.S., and to the nation’s food supply. The Outreach Academy for Veterinary Medicine and Rural Community Development, an organization within Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, conducts several projects with universities, government research organizations, and others throughout Latin America. This year, the Academy played the lead role in developing the Academic Alliance for Animal Health of the Americas (AAAHA) to address the issues of animal health and security in the Americas. An organizational conference was held in San Salvador, El Salvador in February. Canada, Mexico, Central America, countries in the Caribbean, and the Dominical Republic were represented. ISU Extension specialists and members of the Outreach Academy represented the U.S. ISU funding was provided by grants received by the Academy. A formal agreement was made at this conference.
The major premise of AAAHA is that an outbreak of a major infectious disease such as Foot and Mouth Disease or Rinderpest is a major threat to all. Universities throughout the region have an extensive expertise in control of these diseases, but are largely not engaged in the process of planning and potential implementation of control measures. Resources are lacking. The AAAHA will engaged the universities in the planning and implementation of animal disease programs throughout the region, and help secure resources to support this program. ISU Extension is the prime originator and developer of this program. Extensive contacts have been made with ARS and others in USDA about this program.
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