University students learning how to keep diseases from animals spreading to humans

Lynne Adkins
November 09, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Students at Delaware Valley University are taking part in a disease outbreak drill Saturday so they'll know what to do if there's a real problem in the future. 

Disease outbreaks can be deadly and costly to the economy but there are steps that can be taken to help prevent such problems, according to Dr. Linda Detwiler, veterinarian medical officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services. 

She said the mock sessions focus on what can be done to keep animals and people healthy.

"How to prevent, what kind of control measures to use with diseases, how to disinfect, what to use to disinfect, how to develop a questionnaire, what kind of questions to ask for history, things to be concerned about in regards to a posed risk," she explained. 

She said a major concern is containing those diseases able to pass from animals to humans, such as bird flu.