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Public health aspects related to African swine fever and global animal health


iCOMOS Event Series: Multiple dimensions of disease epidemics on our ability to achieve One Health – A case study for African swine fever

The purpose of this iCOMOS series of three webinars is to explore the unknowns and less obvious negative consequences of global disease pandemics using African swine fever as a model, and to begin a conversation about the need for preparedness and development of contingency plans when or if it occurs in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Public health aspects related to African swine fever and global animal health

February 16, 2023
7:00 – 8:00 am CST

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To support One Health approaches to complex and emerging issues, the COMOS work group is organizing a series of webinars to support detection, preparedness, and response to the global spread of African swine fever (ASF). ASF is an important animal pathogen with broad implications on global trade. This session will focus on the public health implications including appropriate disposal of animals, health of responders to an ASF event, and mental health concerns for owners, workers, and responders. This session is meant for producers, owners, veterinarians, and government officials involved in the response effort.

Attend this webinar and:

  • Review the mental health impacts of responding to emergency animal disease events
  • Consider environmental impacts and appropriate disposal methods during a response event
  • Be aware of the occupational risks to emergency event responders


John D. Gibbins, DVM, MPH, DACVPM: Captain, United States Public Health Service

Gary Flory: Owner/Director of Operations, G.A. Flory Consulting

Jeff Bender, DVM, MS: Professor, School of Public Health; Director, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center; University of Minnesota

The Consortium on One Medicine One Science (COMOS) is a University-wide effort made up of a global community of institutions, citizens, scholars and policy-makers fostering interdisciplinary collaborations across science, practice and policy to optimize the health of humans, animals and their ecosystems. COMOS is jointly administrated by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS).