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Veterinarians on Lookout for Bioterror

Veterinarians across the nation are being trained to recognize and report diseases that can be used by terrorists to devastate the livestock and poultry industries. The vets are considered key to government surveillance systems being built to detect unusual patterns of animal disease that could signal an outbreak, whether naturally occurring or intentional. The vets are “on the front lines of detection of biological weapons of mass destruction,” U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona recently told veterinarians at a bioterrorism training session in Florida. The Agriculture Department has trained hundreds of veterinarians to diagnose animal diseases that are found in other parts of the world but are rare or unknown in the United States. Full Story

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