VPH Workshop 2010

About the Veterinary Public Health Workshop

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 75% of the new diseases that have affected humans over the past 10 years have been caused by pathogens originating from animals or from products of animal origin. Examples include many food or waterborne diseases caused by pathogens such as Salmonella and E coli which have resulted in significant illnesses and deaths worldwide. Infectious diseases transmissible from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) and vice-versa, such as avian influenza and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) emerged in recent years with devastating public health consequences. The more recent pandemic H1N1 influenza virus outbreak highlights the need for policy-makers and scientists to remain vigilant and in close collaboration with one another to safeguard public health.

In order to understand and keep abreast of the latest developments on the interactions between human and animal health, the Centre for Food Safety will be holding a two-day workshop at the Central Library in Causeway Bay on 4th and 5th October 2010. First held in 2002, the Veterinary Public Health (VPH) Workshop has been an annual event whereby speakers ranging from academics and government officials from all over the world have been invited to Hong Kong. The topics selected each year reflect the global and local topical issues. Examples from previous years included the control and prevention of avian influenza, food safety policies in aquatic animals and veterinary drug residues. The topics selected for this year's workshop will be zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance and we'll be honoured with presenters from the WHO, Mainland China, Australia, Denmark and Hong Kong to provide us with their expertise and insight on these important public health issues.

* Registration Deadline: 20 September 2010