We take great pleasure in inviting you to join us for the 8th International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses with an emphasis on Emerging and Transboundary Infectious Diseases, which will take place in Manhattan, Kansas, May 7 – 10, 2017.
Events in the last years have shown us that we remain vulnerable to sudden outbreaks of previously unknown or forgotten zoonotic pathogens as well as to contamination of the food chain. Since we met in Berlin, Germany in October 2014, we witnessed the continuation of the first Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the spread of MERS-coronavirus in the Arabian peninsula. We further experienced the explosive spread of Zika virus in South America which seems associated with teratogenic effects. In addition, highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses continue to emerge throughout the world and for the first time, were found in North America over the past months. There is a significantly raised awareness that zoonoses and transboundary diseases threaten both human and animal health. Therefore, research and policy must focus on a “One Health” perspective in local, national, and international environments.
In order to properly address these issues in our conference we plan to have special workshops which will be organized by experts in their fields. Potential topics might include: the ecology of emerging zoonotic and transboundary diseases; the role of wildlife in emerging zoonoses and transboundary diseases; cross-species transmission of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens; emerging and neglected influenza viruses; hemorrhagic fever viruses; emerging and transboundary bacterial diseases; outbreak responses to zoonotic and transboundary diseases; food-borne zoonotic diseases; prion diseases; and modeling and prediction of emergence of zoonoses and transboundary diseases.
The 8th International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses in Kansas follows seven successful conferences, each of which provided an interdisciplinary forum for physicians, veterinarians, epidemiologists, immunologists, virologists, microbiologists, public health experts and others concerned with the ever increasing problems associated with the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans and the economic impact of transboundary diseases.
We encourage you to join us in Manhattan, Kansas, the future site of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF), to benefit from a stimulating and challenging scientific program and to experience the rich history and beautiful landscapes found in the heart of the US.