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The World in Medicine
October 20, 2004

European Zoonosis Network

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1810. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1810-d

Medical and veterinary scientists from 16 European institutes met last month to hammer out plans for a “virtual institute” aimed at prevention and control of infections transmitted from animals to humans, including foodborne diseases (http://www.medvetnet.org).

A European Union grant of €14.4 million over the next 5 years will fund the activities of the Network for Prevention and Control of Zoonoses or MED-VET-NET. The effort grew out of an informal group of veterinary scientists, which later expanded to include veterinary and public health institutes throughout Europe. Development of a linked molecular surveillance database for foodborne infections, a European network for the control of Cryptosporidium, and other projects are planned.

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