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Coronavirus: Animal disease detectives to be trained across SE Asia and Pacific

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Source University of Sydney, 3 August 2020, photo credit: University of Michigan School of Public Health

Project work in 11 countries funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade aims to prevent the spread of zoonotic and animal diseases.

As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, a consortium of veterinary scientists has been established to train a new generation of ‘animal disease detectives’ in 11 countries across Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

“A year after African swine fever wiped out more than a quarter of the global pig population and with more than 200,000 people dead from COVID-19, equipping veterinarians with the tools for disease outbreak investigation and surveillance has never been more important,” said program leader Associate Professor Navneet Dhand from the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science and Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity.

The scientific consortium includes more than 40 experts from veterinary schools across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific.
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