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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2007

CONTACT: Dr. Kelly Jeffer, public health liaison
NCDA&CS Emergency Programs
(919) 807-4340 (office), (919) 609-5352 (cell)

Symposium Dec. 12 and 13 in RTP will focus on the risk
that globalization poses to agriculture, public health

WHO/WHAT: About 400 veterinarians, physicians, nurses, public health and agriculture professionals and disaster responders from across the country will learn about the effects of globalization on agriculture, public health and animal health at the fifth annual “One Medicine” Symposium.
WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 13, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
NOTE: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and State Health Director Leah Devlin will make opening remarks on Dec. 12 at 8:30 a.m. A complete agenda is available at
WHERE: Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Research Triangle Park

The “one medicine” approach to disaster preparedness fosters cooperation among agencies involved in human and animal medicine for a rapid, effective response to diseases, terrorism and natural disasters. Session topics will include the expanding risks of importing and producing safe products in a global economy; balancing economics, development and animal health; and how lost agriculture affects nutritional security.

Participants are coming from across North Carolina and several other states, including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

The symposium is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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