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A survey assessment of veterinarians to determine the level of preparedness for an infectious disease outbreak [electronic resource] /

by Crutchley Bushell, Tamara

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Safeguarding animal health is of paramount importance to the US economy, public health and food safety. One of the most important causes of contamination in food products and of food-borne disease in humans is microorganisms that reside in the intestines of animals, such as Salmonella species and Escherichia coli O157:H7. A fundamental knowledge of the epidemiology of diseases, including an understanding of the agents and hosts, is a critical component of early (front-line) detection and prevention of contamination by microorganisms. Front-line detection is provided by animal handlers and personnel working with animals on a day-to-day basis, such as veterinarians. Currently there are no studies which focus on veterinarians and their ability to respond in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. Therefore, the goal of this study was to evaluate the Alabama veterinary workforce, with special emphasis on underserved areas in rural environments. The goal was also to determine the current level of knowledge about the diagnosis, treatment, and containment of infectious animal diseases in Alabama and Kansas veterinarians and to compare the difference between the groups in relation to the level of knowledge in this area. And, the final goal was to evaluate the current opinions of veterinarians with regards to their role in an infectious disease outbreak. ii
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School:University of Alabama at Birmingham

School Location:USA - Alabama

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:animal diseases bioterrorism disease outbreaks food contamination veterinarians

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