Animal Disease Emergencies (ADE)
Animal agriculture is essential for the U.S. and Iowa’s economy. Animal disease emergencies (ADE) are livestock diseases of high consequence or foreign origin that would cause severe production losses, illness and/or death in animals and possibly humans. These diseases would have serious economic consequences and could be devastating at the local, state and national level.
Rapid detection and response will be needed to stop the spread of any of these diseases. This will require coordination and cooperation between local, state and federal agencies. Preparedness at the local level will greatly aid in the response and recovery efforts needed to protect animal health, human health and our economy.
The Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University, with funding from the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and collaboration with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, has developed a number of educational materials and training tools to help local communities prepare for and response to an animal disease emergency.
To find out more about how to use these materials to help your county prepare for an animal disease emergency, read the “Guide to the Materials” document.