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K-State Researchers Bringing Expertise to Kansas City Symposium on Disease and National Security
Date:9/12/2007

how Escherichia coli O157 has emerged as a major foodborne pathogen. Nagaraja studies the ecology of E. coli O157 in cattle and is working to identify intervention strategies at the farm level that will ultimately reduce the risk of human disease.

Rowland presentation at 9:40 a.m., "Emerging Diseases in Swine," will be on how the rapid emergence, widespread distribution and evolution of infectious diseases affects the modern swine operation, as well as the challenges posed by the zoonotic potential of new and re-emerging viruses.

At 11:05 a.m., Ganta will present "Zoonotic Infections by Tick-Transmitted Rickettsiales of the Genera Ehrlichia and Anaplasma: Challenges and Opportunities." Ganta's specialty is in tick-borne rickettsial pathogens, which have been recognized as the persistent concern for the health of several companion animals and livestock. During the last two decades, several zoonotic pathogens causing infections in people have also been reported. Ganta will discuss the future direction of zoonotic diseases caused by tick-transmitted rickettsiales.

The symposium's keynote address will be delivered by Alfonso Torres, associate dean for public policy at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, who will present "Globalization of Biosecurity Concerns: Are We Prepared?"

K-State's experts at the symposium also will be joined by other veterinarians from the University of Missouri and the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

"Missouri has already endorsed Manhattan as the preferred home for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility and, along with the unparalleled concentration of medical schools, research institutes, and animal health and nutrition companies located within the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, we can boast of a level of expertise and research capability on these topics that is simply outstanding," Richardson said. "This program will undoubtedly be viewed as one of great imp
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