Preventing disease: There’s an app for that |

Preventing disease: There’s an app for that

Veterinarians are our nation’s first responders for animal health. They act as the primary line of defense against animal disease outbreaks and are essential to the protection of our animal industries and economy. Food animal veterinarians, or those that treat livestock and poultry, are often responsible for monitoring the health of thousands of animals spread across vast geographic areas. While some diseases can be readily diagnosed, others are harder to identify in the field.

Join the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) on Thursday, February 20, from 12-1 p.m. EST for a Twitter Chat about how researchers are working with veterinarians, federal and state animal health officials, and industry partners to improve real-time situational awareness of animal diseases.

The Enhanced Passive Surveillance (EPS) system, designed and piloted by S&T’s National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD Center), uses mobile apps for veterinarians to use during examinations to document animal observations, including any clinical signs or symptoms that match endemic and high consequence diseases.S&T’s Agriculture Defense Branch Chief Michelle Colby, DVM; Office of University Programs Program Manager Matt Coats; researchers from the FAZD Center; and partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will participate in the Twitter chat event. Follow us at @dhsscitech and participate in the chat by using the #STTechTalk hashtag.

To learn more about EPS, check out our latest Snapshot article: F

–Dept. of Homeland Security

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