National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Foreign Animal Disease Threats (FADT)

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On Monday I had the great honor of presenting to the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Foreign Animal Disease Threats (FADT).  The meeting was held in Washington, D.C. at the White House Conference Center.

For those of you who don’t know (and this included me until I was ask to participate), the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) is the principal means by which the Executive Branch coordinates science and technology policy across the diverse entities that make up the federal research and development (R&D) enterprise.  The FADT addresses both immediate and long-term action items related to foreign animal disease threats including data needs and coordination of modeling efforts; requirements and priorities for basic research and development; requirements and priorities for diagnostics and medical countermeasures; and requirements for decontamination, depopulation, and waste management techniques.

I gave a presentation on innovative methods of composting livestock contaminated with foreign animal diseases.  My presentation covered several topics:  composting methods used during the 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the United States, the national standard operating procedures (SOPs) developed for HPAI and livestock diseases, the adaptation of those SOPS for use internationally like the LPAI response in the Dominican Republic earlier this year and the use of Above Ground Burial as a carcass management method.  If there is interest, I would be happy to share additional details on any of these topics.

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Gary Flory is an independent adviser who has consulted, written guidance, conducted research and given presentations to national and international audiences on counter-agroterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, carcass disposal, One Health and foreign animal disease response. Gary was deployed to the Midwest on 5 separate occasions in support of USDA’s efforts to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreaks and was a lead author of USDA’s Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks. Gary has written for a number of journals including recent articles on counter-agroterrorism, the weaponization of emerging infectious diseases and biosurveillance for the journal Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Warfare. He frequently shares his expertise at conferences and training events across the country and around the globe including recent events in Azerbaijan and Malaysia. Gary participates in a variety of working groups including the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Agricultural Workgroup; Virginia Poultry Disease Taskforce; Animal Health Quadrilateral Meeting of the Emergency Management Task Group & Disposal, Destruction & Disinfection Network; BioWatch Extended Veterinary Network; and the Virginia Catastrophic Livestock Mortality Taskforce. He was recently awarded the Agency Star award by the Governor of Virginia for his community service and leadership on animal disease response and agroterrorism.

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