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1 Introduction
Pages 13-18

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... ,1 which "establishes a national policy to defend the agriculture and food system against terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies." Among the key provisions of HSPD-9, the Secretaries of Agriculture and Homeland Security are called on to coordinate a federal effort to "expand development of current and new countermeasures against the intentional introduction or natural occurrence of catastrophic animal, plant, and zoonotic diseases." This coordinated effort would address research and development related to new methods of detecting, diagnosing, and preventing foreign animal diseases (FADs) 2 and zoonotic diseases.3 Such research and development activities would require "safe, secure, and state-of-the-art agriculture biocontainment laboratories" to conduct such work.
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... The National Research Council convened an ad hoc committee to conduct a scientific assessment of the requirements for an FAD and zoonotic disease research and diagnostic laboratory facility in the United States (see Appendix A for committee biosketches)
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... 2. Identify the US laboratory and related infrastructure needed to counter the threat and meet the animal health, public health, and food security needs of the United States.
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... . In gathering additional information about current US capabilities and infrastructure for handling FADs and zoonotic diseases, the committee arranged public teleconferences with the directors of three additional laboratories in the United States: the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center of DHS, the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, and the Rocky Mountain Laboratories of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (see Appendix B for the teleconference agendas)
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... Chapter 4 analyzes the proposed options and discusses whether they provide the necessary infrastructure for effectively protecting animal health, public health, and food security against FAD and zoonotic disease threats in the United States. The committee elaborates on its conclusions and recommendation in Chapter 5.
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... 2005. Animal Health at the Crossroads: Preventing, Detecting, and Diagnosing Animal Diseases.

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