Workshop Proceeding

The recent appearance of certain animal diseases, both familiar and novel, accidental and deliberate, has put the U.S. veterinary, medical, food, and regulatory systems on notice. Many questions about our scientific knowledge and nationwide preparedness have been raised. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) convened a workshop to provide an opportunity for researchers, policymakers, health officials, and industry representatives to examine shared concerns and strategies to prevent the introduction and spread of animal diseases in the United States, as well as future needs for protection. The workshop provided a forum where leading scientists and policymakers could discuss issues such as the potential for animal diseases to reach epidemic proportions, mechanisms in place to prevent and control these diseases in the immediate and long-term, and impacts of diseases on industries, populations, and international trade.