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Veterinarians Learn To Handle Outbreaks At NCSU Lab

Posted December 15, 2003

— North Carolina State University's veterinarian school is teaching lessons in homeland security.

Health officials and Emergency Management personnel from across the country gathered over the weekend to learn about protecting the food supply.

Veterinarians from all over the country woke up before dawn to gather at the fields and barns of N.C. State's College of Veterinary Medicine.

About 74 veterinarians and public health officials spent their day learning signs of disease outbreaks among livestock. They also learned how to monitor and subdue animals during a disaster.

The lab was a hands-on follow up to

a two-day national homeland security symposium

that drew 275 people to Research Triangle Park.

Instructors taught participants how to spot signs of African swine fever, exotic newcastle, foot-and-mouth and other diseases that could spread through natural outbreak or bioterrorism.

The college intends to make the program an annual event.

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