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PHO Visiting Speaker: Pets and public health: Enteric illness and animal contact – It’s not just a foodborne issue
Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Infectious Diseases; Surveillance
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Public health partners in Ontario have been involved with several recent outbreak investigations involving rodents, reptiles, pet foods and treats. These investigations have generated many questions regarding surveillance, response, and prevention of enteric zoonoses.

This webinar will present current trends in enteric illnesses related to animal contact.
Dr. Barton Behravesh will begin the session by describing recent animal-related outbreaks.
She will then discuss challenges and lessons learned, particularly as they relate to surveillance and opportunities for prevention. The presentation will also focus on the need for balancing the risks and benefits of pet ownership and use of animals in settings with vulnerable populations. 

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenter: Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh

Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh is the Chief of the Epidemiology Activity in the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, Division of Vector-borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 2006 to 2014, Dr. Barton Behravesh has focused her efforts on investigating outbreaks of human illnesses caused by enteric pathogens, including Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7, due to foodborne, waterborne, and contact with animals and their environments. These multistate foodborne and zoonotic outbreaks include E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to petting zoos, unpasteurized dairy products, and contaminated meat products, as well as human Salmonella infections linked to dry pet food, small turtles, chicks and ducklings, and a variety of foods. She also served as the CDC consultant to the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Compendium of Measures to Prevent Diseases Associated with Animals in Public Settings since 2007. Since 2013, she has served as adjunct faculty in the Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences.

Dr. Barton Behravesh has a master of science in veterinary parasitology from Texas A&M University. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Texas A&M University and a doctor of public health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, both in 2005. She was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer from 2006 to 2008 with the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the CDC. She is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

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