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Alberta Veterinary Research Institute

Nexus of Animal, Public & Environmental Health

The world faces growing major public health crises and emerging health threats such as anthrax, SARS, West Nile Virus, BSE, monkey pox, hantavirus, pandemic influenza, and major outbreaks associated with contaminated food and water and unprecedented levels of antimicrobial resistance among common pathogens in the community setting.

A common feature of these events is the inadvertent or intentional transmission to man of pathogens normally found in wild or domestic animals either directly or indirectly through a contaminated environment. International travel, globalization of food distribution, encroachment of human populations and commercial development into wilderness areas, changes in food production and animal husbandry, environmental and political changes, continually change the dynamic of interactions between animals, man and the environment.  Read full mandate...

Killing prions with ozone. Researchers discover that the infectious agent behind mad cow and chronic wasting disease can be destroyed by molecular ozone. >>Read more

 




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