Veterinarians are on the front line in monitoring disease threats

04/17/2012 | KPLU-FM (Tacoma, Wash.)

At least 65% of the emerging global diseases over the past 60 years originated in animals, and veterinarians are at the forefront of monitoring animal populations, both wild and domestic, for the next global zoonotic disease outbreak. "We have to work together, the veterinarians as well as the medical profession, [to] understand the interface, how do diseases go from animal to human, and how can we stop it and prevent it," said Dr. Mushtaq Memon of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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