News Archive


December 21, 2018
New Tools for Implementation of NPIP Biosecurity Standards Now Available

Implementing biosecurity on a poultry operation can prevent the introduction and spread of infectious diseases, including Avian Influenza. Newly released resources are based on the Checklist for Self‐Assessment of Implementing Poultry Biosecurity, which reflect the items included in the Standard E Biosecurity Principles within the National Poultry Improvement Plan, or NPIP, Official Program Standards.
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November 14, 2018
New Free Resources for Zoonotic Disease Prevention among Youth in Animal Agriculture

Free resources, including hands-on activity guides and an engaging, interactive online course for middle–high school aged youth, and a new course for elementary aged youth, are meant to encourage showmanship and animal involvement while keeping both animals and humans safe and healthy. More information »

June 15, 2018
Registration Open for Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals (EEDA) Online Course

For veterinarians, veterinary technicians and others interested in high consequence animal diseases. The course includes lessons, descriptions of actual disease incursions, and scenarios where participants use differentials to narrow down disease possibilities. Dates: July 25- September 30. More information »

April 03, 2018
Animal Disease Emergency Online Course Now Available

This course is now available! It overviews key concepts pertaining to the response for a livestock and poultry disease emergency. The course has been RACE-approved for 4.0 CEUs. More information »


December 10, 2017
Secure Pork Supply

If foot and mouth disease (FMD), classical swine fever (CSF), or African swine fever (ASF) is found in U.S. livestock, animals and animal product movement will be restricted to control the spread of these very contagious animal diseases. Resources to voluntarily prepare before an outbreak can be found at the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) website »

September 28, 2017
Animal Disease Emergency Online Course

This course will be offered in January 2018. The course provides an overview of the response and actions needed to detect, contain, and control high consequences diseases of livestock and poultry. The course has been RACE-approved for 4.0 CEUs. More information »

July 14, 2017
NVAP web modules RACE-approved for continuing education credit.

The modules are free and available to anyone with internet access.
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February 01, 2017
New USDA National Veterinary Accreditation Training Available

Module 29 Veterinary Feed Directive is designed to familiarize more than 65,000 accredited veterinarians with the VFD, this module is free and available to anyone with internet access.
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January 25, 2017
IICAB Veterinary Biologics Training Program - May 15-19, 2017

Registration is now open for the Veterinary Biologics Training Program! This program has been offered every year since 1996. More than 2500 individuals, including 748 international attendees from 93 countries, have attended the program. The course gives participants an overview of the scientific principles of vaccines and vaccination and of the USDA regulatory process for assuring the purity, safety, potency and efficacy of veterinary biologics.
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September 06, 2016
Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets Online Course

Registration is now open! This course covers zoonotic diseases of companion animals and disease prevention practices. The $125 enrollment fee includes a textbook (valued at $70). The course begins October 19, 2016.
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April 01, 2016
Protecting the Herd
Check out the new Beef and Dairy Biosecurity Posters available in English and Spanish. Designed to be printed in full color 11"x17".
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February 19, 2016
Center for Food Security and Public Health expands online courses on Veterinary Immunology and Vaccinology
A new introductory course, Introduction to Principles of Veterinary Vaccinology, has been added to the courses offered by the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. This new online course introduces how veterinary vaccines work.
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September 15, 2015
The CFSPH has produced HPAI Biosecurity Training Materials for the Poultry Industry. The USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Services, National Preparedness and Incident Coordination provided funding through a cooperative agreement to develop these materials. The materials can be downloaded, printed and used as is. However, poultry biosecurity officers are encouraged to modify the resources to best meet the situation at their operations. Spanish-language versions of the handouts and PowerPoint presentations are also available. In addition, a “Checklist for Self-Assessment of Enhanced Poultry Biosecurity” is available at the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association Website »
September 09, 2015
Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets Online Course

Registration is now open! This course covers zoonotic diseases of companion animals and disease prevention practices. The $125 enrollment fee includes a textbook (valued at $70). The course begins October 19, 2015.
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January 26, 2015
Update on Avian Influenza Findings in the Pacific Flyway (USDA report)

The United States Department of Agriculture has confirmed several findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the Pacific flyway since mid-December. The first commercial poultry detection was in a turkey flock in California on January 23.


August 19, 2014
Updated Ebola and Influenza technical factsheets are now available.

Learn more about these emerging diseases in animals and people.
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June 03, 2014
Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals Online Course: Register Now

This course addresses foreign animal diseases and the planned response to them in the United States. Enrollment ($150) includes a textbook, and up to 18 continuing education hours.
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April 02, 2014
Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy

A recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has been reported in several horses in three midwestern states. EHM is a contagious disease caused by equine herpesvirus-1 and is classified as an emerging disease.
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March 03, 2014
IICAB Veterinary Biologics Training Program

The 2014 Veterinary Biologics Training Program will be May 13-23. Registration is open until April 30th or until the program is full.
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October 15, 2013
New Zoonoses Course Available

The first offering of a new web-based course, Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets is currently underway. The Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets course provides an excellent opportunity for veterinary and human healthcare professionals and students to refresh and gain knowledge of key zoonotic diseases. The course includes lessons, case studies, a discussion board, and online resources to assist in conveying zoonotic disease prevention measures to clients.
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May 21, 2013
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) was detected for the first time in the United States on May 16. PED is caused by a coronavirus and only affects pigs. Affected animals will have diarrhea, vomiting, high morbidity, and variable mortality (as high as 100% in young pigs). PED is clinically indistinguishable from transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGE) infection. PED is not a zoonotic disease (it does not affect people), it is not a food safety concern, and it is not considered a foreign animal disease (not reportable to the World Organization for Animal Health – OIE).
Read more about PED:
American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) “Quick Facts”
Iowa Pork Industry Center
April 24, 2013
The online Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals course is now open for registration. This course is approved for up to 18 CE hours, is offered online with flexible hours June 14-July 28, includes a free textbook, and only costs $150.
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September 08, 2012
Presentations from the Vaccines and Diagnostics for Transboundary Animal Diseases Workshop, held September 17-19, 2012 in Ames, Iowa are now available. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss state of the art measures related to vaccine and diagnostic tool development for significant transboundary animal diseases.
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August 02, 2012
The CFSPH, with the support of USDA APHIS Animal Care Emergency Programs, has developed a 10 part course titled Introduction to Animal Emergency Management. The course provides Animal Care Employees with foundational information and skills to support USDA APHIS Animal Care’s emergency planning and response roles as part of the ESF #11 mission area. The course consists of PowerPoint presentations, web-based modules and course materials.
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June 07, 2012
Registration is now open for the Vaccines and Diagnostics for Transboundary Animal Disease Workshop, September 17-19.
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April 26, 2012
Fourth case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) confirmed in the United States. Learn more about the disease and the safeguards in place that protect animal and human health. Download the updated techincal factsheet on BSE.
BSE disease information »
February 06, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security Career Development Fellowship Awards in Zoonotic and Animal Disease Defense welcomes applications from students pursuing studies at any university affiliated with the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD Center), the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (CEEZAD), and the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) as part of a new Graduate Level Career Development Program in Zoonotic and Animal Disease Defense (ZADD) offered by this consortium.
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January 05, 2012
Flu season is here. There are many types of influenza viruses affecting animals and humans. Some can also be spread between humans and animals. Disease can vary in severity from mild to severe, however vaccination can help to prevent the flu.
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December 16, 2011
Vaccines and Diagnostics for Transboundary Animal Diseases Workshop to be held September 17-19, 2012 in Ames, Iowa. The primary objective of the workshop is to discuss state of the art measures to serve U.S. and international needs related to vaccine and diagnostic tool development for significant transboundary diseases.
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October 21, 2011
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released a free 40-page, full-color graphic novella, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic”. The novella, produced by the CDC, urges readers to become prepared for any disaster (including a zombie apocalypse!). The entertaining publication includes a concise “All-Hazards Emergency Kit” checklist. For additional Zombie preparedness information (and products), see the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness Homepage.
September 22, 2011
The Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals web-based course, used at all U.S. veterinary colleges, will be offered October 8 - November 20 for 12 continuing education credits for veterinarians or veterinary technicians. Participants also receive a textbook valued at $70. Cost is $150. To sign up, visit:
May 16, 2011
Two industry manuals that provide a broad overview of the swine and dairy industries are now available at USDA National Center for Animal Health and Emergency Management provided funding to develop the manuals as components of the Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (FAD PReP). The CFSPH developed the content in collaboration with APHIS and subject matter experts.
February 10, 2011
The 2010 Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel, published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians in JAVMA is now available. The CFSPH has translated the Compendium into Spanish (with permission of the NASPHV and JAVMA).
January 10, 2011
Take a moment to prepare your family, pets, farm, and livestock for severe weather conditions. The website is filled with resources to help rural communities prepare for many hazardous conditions including severe weather. The Multi-State Partnership for Security in Agriculture provided funding for the development of this resource.


November 01, 2010
The CFSPH has just published Enfermedades Emergentes y Exóticas de los Animals, a Spanish language version of the Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals textbook. This book has been developed for veterinarians and veterinary students in the Americas and will be used in conjunction with a web-based course entitled Enfermedades Transfronterizas de los Animales in 2011.
July 22, 2010
Mosquito Prevention Awareness
Mosquito season has arrived. Mosquitoes can be the carriers of a number of disease agents that can affect you and animals. To learn more about how to protect yourself and your animals from mosquito-borne diseases, visit our Mosquito Prevention resources page.
May 01, 2010
Lyme Disease Awareness Month - May
Lyme disease is a caused by a bacterial agent carried by certain ticks. The disease can cause severe illness in humans, dogs and sometimes horses and cattle. To learn more about Lyme disease and how to prevent it, visit our Lyme Disease resource page.
March 15, 2010
National Flood Safety Awareness Week - March 15-19
Preparing now can help to protect your family, pets or livestock, minimize damage to your home, farm or business, and speed the recovery process. To learn more on how to prepare, what to do during a flood, and how to recover and get assistance, see the Flood Preparedness and Recovery Resources page on our site.

Flood Resources

January 08, 2010
The CFSPH website has been newly renovated with a completely new navigation system and new features to make it easier to find the information you are looking for. In the coming year we will also be debuting the CFSPH website in Spanish. Help us make this website better by sending us your suggestions.
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November 09, 2009

A 13-year-old cat in Iowa was recently confirmed positive for the 2009 novel H1N1 virus. The owner of the cat had influenza-like illness prior to the cat becoming ill.  For more information, please see the press release from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Details about H1N1 and other strains of influenza can be found in the CFSPH factsheet.
Influenza Factsheet

August 07, 2009
VHS is still occurring in the Great Lakes region. Samples from a spring surveillance program in Michigan have tested positive and as a result VHS has been found in a 2nd inland lake in Michigan. Learn more at the Center's VHS resource page.
VHS Resources
April 20, 2009
Human cases involving a novel H1N1 influenza A virus have been reported primarily in Mexico, the U.S. as well as other countries. The virus has not been detected at this time in swine. For educational materials on influenza and preventive measures, visit the Center's Influenza resource page.
Influenza Resources
February 20, 2009
A new educational website on viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) has been developed by the CFSPH with funding and guidance from USDA APHIS and collaboration with fisheries and aquaculture stakeholders.


December 22, 2008
The CFSPH has organized our zoonotic disease resources into one easy to find website. These resources were developed over time with funding from the CDC, the USDA, and Bayer Animal Health.
Zoonoses Resources
October 29, 2008
Is your county ready? A toolkit of materials to help counties prepare for an animal disease emergency is now available. Materials include a local response plan template, table top and functional exercises, educational presentations and handouts.
Animal Disease Emergency Resources
October 02, 2008
Do you know…
How to choose a disinfectant?
How to develop a disinfection protocol?
How to read a disinfection product label?
What products to use for enveloped viruses?
What viruses are enveloped?
CFSPH Disinfection Resources