2nd Biorisk Management Symposium of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Network

I was pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in BIORIM 2019 this week in Tunis, Tunisia.  BIORIM 2019 was the 2nd Biorisk Management Symposium of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Regional Network.  The symposium aimed to strengthen and enhance biorisk management in the region through two days of interactive workshops and two days of technical presentations.  I conducted a 2-day workshop on agroterrorism and zoonotic disease response.  I truly appreciated the interest and engagement of the participants. 

Technical presentations during the symposium included my presentation on animal mortality management as well as many fascinating talks on biosecurity challenges, bioterrorism, OIE activities in the region, improving food security, assessing bio-threats and many other important topics.  It was a great opportunity to network with leaders in biosecurity and biosafety throughout the Middle East and Africa.  More information is available at:  http://atb2e.tn/biorim-2019/

I also enjoyed visiting some of the beautiful sites in and around Tunis with an old friend.  All the makings of a great week!

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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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