Biosecurity At Colorado State University's Open House

Biosecurity procedures to reduce the risk of the spread of foot and mouth disease will be implemented throughout this weekend's Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House event at Colorado State University.

Dr. Paul Morley, director of biosecurity for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University announced the immediate implementation of recommended protocols for the faculty, staff and students of the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Dr. Wayne Cunningham, The Colorado State Veterinarian and the top authority concerning infectious diseases in animals, has endorsed these policies.

Although no cases of foot and mouth disease have been reported, Dr. Morley and the faculty and staff at the college say that awareness and preparedness cannot be stressed enough. "We feel these precautions are very important considering the highly contagious nature of the disease," Dr. Morley said. "A heightened awareness on behalf of the entire Colorado State campus community, and the general public who will be visiting the hospital can only be beneficial to all concerned."

Visitors to the Open House event, April 6-8 will be asked questions about recent overseas travel through affected countries, and will be asked to step into disinfecting mats before entering the hospital, or the barns

"Visitors shouldn't be deterred from attending the event. These precautions aren't onerous and we think the public will probably appreciate the extra effort we are taking," Morley said. "We do encourage anyone who has returned from an affected country to immediately launder or dry clean their traveling clothes and to clean and disinfect shoes, belts, watches and other items of jewelry. This is very easy to do, and so very important."

For more information: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences or Dr. Paul Morley, CVMBS Director of Biosecurity 970/491-7332.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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