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Volume 12, Number 4—April 2006


Confronting Zoonoses, Linking Human and Veterinary Medicine

Laura H. Kahn*Comments to Author 
Author affiliation: *Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

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Table 1

Veterinarians' choices of government agencies they would first notify regarding a companion animal patient with an unusual infectious disease*

Choice No. (%)
State agriculture agency 326 (30)
State public health agency 241 (23)
Local public health agency 206 (19)
Other† 116 (11)
Federal agency (USDA, FDA, CDC) 111 (10)
Not sure 30 (3)
Do not care for companion animals 27 (3)
Did not answer question 13 (1)
Total 1,070 (100)

*USDA, US Department of Agriculture; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
†A total of 76 (66%) of 116 said, "state veterinarian," 20 (17%) of 116 gave a combination of government agencies, and 20 (17%) of 116 gave miscellaneous answers, including Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, state veterinary diagnostic laboratory, and animal hospital employer.

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