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Mini symposium “Zoonotic disease emergence: lessons learned and future directions”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Date: Tuesday November 26, 2019
Time: 09:00 – 12.00
City: Rotterdam

Mini symposium “Zoonotic disease emergence: lessons learned and future directions”

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Complex and partially yet unknown risk factors may lead to the introduction of new infections in the human population. Recent outbreaks of MERS, Avian influenza and SARS have made us more alert to the emergence of zoonoses and have re-emphasized their potential threat to human health and economy. Although we do not know which disease will emerge next, recent introductions predominantly originated from animal reservoirs. Therefore, animal populations are considered the main reservoir for emerging infectious diseases.

Successful control of many zoonoses in developed countries has led to some complacency and loss of societal memory about these diseases, their profound impacts, and past control difficulties. However, they remain serious though often neglected problems in many countries and pose risks of re-emerging elsewhere. Meanwhile, the risks of zoonotic epidemics have never been greater, due to exponential increases in speed and volume of movements of people and goods around the world, and disruption of ecosystems associated with human activity and climate change.

The symposium will bring together several experts on Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Emergence. It will take place Tuesday 26 of November 2019 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the EMC education Center.

Target audience

The symposium is open to clinicians, veterinarians, masters, PhD students, NCOH students, other health professionals and scientists interested in research and clinical topics on the growing risks of zoonotic diseases.

The program

08:30 Registration and coffee
09:00 Welcome by Marion Koopmans (Erasmus MC) and Mohammed Al Hajri (Ministry of Public Health, Qatar)
09:20 Peter Benembarak (WHO) “MERS, SARS, avian influenza: the WHO experience”
09:40 Nisreen Okba (Erasmus MC) “MERS:from discovery to control”
10:00 Coffee break and “a photographer’s view on MERS CoV” by Elmoubasher Farag (Ministry of Public Health, Qatar)
10:30 Ron Fouchier (Erasmus MC) “Avian influenza a contagious pandemic”
10:50 Bernard Faye (International Camel Expert) “Camel and human health”
11:10 Arjen Stegeman (Utrecth University) “Interventions in the animal domain: lessons from influenza research”
11:30 – 12:00 Discussion and Conclusion


Event Address: Dr. Molewaterplein 40, 3015 GD ROTTERDAM
Venue: Andries Queridozaal – Onderwijscentrum Erasmus MC
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