Foreign and Emerging Animal Diseases

Foreign and Emerging Animal Diseases

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This course will address the potential occurrences of foreign and emerging diseases in domestic and wild animals in North America; discussing the location, type and symptoms of these diseases. This course will also cover the management approaches to these diseases; whether to control or eradicate.

“The potential of terrorist attacks against agricultural targets (agroterrorism) is increasingly recognized as a national security threat, especially after the events of September 11, 2001.”  — from Congressional Research Service (CRS) report to Congress, RL 32521

In this context, agroterrorism is defined as the deliberate introduction of an animal or plant disease with the goal of generating fear, causing economic losses, and/or undermining stability.

This course has been designed to be self-directed and should not take more than two hours to complete.


CEUs: 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) awarded upon successful completion



By the end of Foreign and Emerging Animal Diseases training, the learner will be able to:

Module 1: Animal Diseases and Impact on Society

  •  Identify the differences between foreign and emerging animal diseases
  • Describe the impact of animal disease outbreaks

Module 2: Characteristics of Animal Diseases

  •  Identify characteristics of the following animal diseases
    • Foot and Mouth
    • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
    • Cervid Spongiform Encephalopathy Chronic Wasting (CWD)
    • Anthrax
    • West Nile Encephalitis
    • Bovine Tuberculosis
    • Bovine Paratuberculosis (Johne’s Disease)
    • Avian Influenza
  • Understand the bioterrorism threat of each disease

Module 3: Management Procedures and Resources

  • Define the first line of defense in the emergency management of FEADs
  • Describe the proactive steps instrumental in the emergency management of FEADs
  • List the biosecurity measures that should be taken when responding to an FEAD outbreak
  • Find the resources offered by State and Local State Emergency Management agencies



Capability 13: Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation

Function 1: Conduct public health surveillance and detection

Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations

Function 3: Recommend, monitor, and analyze mitigation actions

Function 4: Improve public health surveillance and epidemiological   investigation systems

 Capability 14: Responder Safety and Health

Function 1: Identify responder safety and health risks

Function 2: Identify safety and personal protective needs

Function 4: Monitor responder safety and health actions



Communicate and Manage Information

2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.

Plan for and Improve Practice

3.1 Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA).

3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.

3.4 Refer matters outside of one’s scope of legal authority through the chain of command.

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