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More than two-thirds of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic (transmitted between animals and humans) in origin, and animal agricultural workers can be on the “front lines” of a zoonotic disease outbreak. This unique occupational health training is based on a national training model for infectious disease emergencies. It is designed to help farms, agencies and other parties who work in animal agriculture understand and be prepared for zoonotic infectious disease outbreaks and emergencies using a “One Health” approach to cooperation between human health, animal health, and environmental health agencies and professionals.
This training will cover the risk factors and transmission modes for significant zoonotic diseases, and best practices for prevention of disease threats to workers and responders including biosafety, biosecurity, worker health, and emergency response. Approaches to highly pathogenic zoonotic influenza worker exposures, as well as preparation for a broader range of potential animal-related pathogens will be covered – including appropriate PPE. Different types of farms – and with a variety of species including poultry, swine, cattle, and other livestock – will be highlighted.