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Conference on Elephant Tuberculosis Research Establishes Action Plan at International Symposium on Elephant Conservation
Date:11/12/2007

VIENNA, Va., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Conservationists and scientists from around the world gathered for the 2007 International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium, in Orlando, Florida. The Symposium was hosted by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation(R) and the International Elephant Foundation (IEF), and was held in conjunction with a two day global Conference on Elephant Tuberculosis Research. The Conference brought together experts in human and animal medicine, including veterinarians, pathologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, internists, geneticists, and animal management experts, to discuss the current state of tuberculosis (TB) research for elephants.

"The caliber of the individuals attending this Research Conference truly signifies the level of concern for further exploratory efforts about this disease," said Kenneth Feld, Founder of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation and sponsor of the Conference. "The Asian elephant holds a special place in my family's heart and we are committed to ensuring the survival of this magnificent species."

It has been more than ten years since TB in elephants was recognized as a health concern for the species. The objective of the Conference was to further investigate and prioritize areas of research and development relating to the diagnosis, treatment and epidemiology of TB in elephants. As a result, the attendees identified critical areas of research, which included: improving diagnostic capabilities, determining safe and effective treatment, assessing transmission in both captive and wild populations, and evaluating occupational risks associated with TB and elephant husbandry. The attendees also agreed that misleading information is detrimental and that the dissemination of accurate, factual information to the public and regulatory authorities is of the highest ethical priority. Additionally, the group decided that further fun
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