Pathogen Discovery and Surveillance

Improving animal and human health requires rapid detection of emerging pathogens and disease trends, plus a deeper understanding of long-standing problematic diseases. Veterinary scientists in the Pathogen Discovery and Surveillance cluster utilize a wide variety of diagnostic and epidemiologic methods, have close ties to veterinary practitioners, and process a large volume of diagnostic field samples from healthy and infected animals. Their capabilities are applied to the timely discovery of new disease agents and the development of sensitive diagnostic tests. Moreover, endemic or recurring known pathogens are continuously surveyed and characterized. These efforts provide crucial new information to veterinarians for the early and effective management of animal health.