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About the VS Outbreak Surveillance Toolbox

Success in containing a rapidly developing infectious disease outbreak depends greatly on the expertise and training of animal health professionals responding to the outbreak and how well they are equipped in their response effort. Veterinary epidemiologists often are responsible for assessing the initial disease situation and developing a surveillance plan to control the disease outbreak, but they may have varying levels of experience with developing and writing a surveillance plan. The Toolbox is designed specifically to provide these professionals with the resources to quickly develop a consistent and complete surveillance plan for the disease of interest in an outbreak situation.

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