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Chomel invited to serve as WHO expert

December 5, 2013

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Professor Bruno Chomel

Bruno Chomel, professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, has been invited to serve a four-year term as an expert in zoonotic disease for the World Health Organization as a member of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts. As such, he would be available for potential selection in an emergency or review committee concerning disease outbreaks that pass between humans and animals. In the event of a public health threat of international concern (such as the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009), the Director-General of WHO seeks input and expertise from an IHR Emergency Committee.

“I am very honored to serve as an expert on zoonoses for the WHO,” Chomel said. “Many of the world’s emerging diseases are zoonotic and our role as veterinarians is to control and prevent these diseases from their animal sources to reduce the risk of transmission to humans in a global, one health approach.”