Submitted to: HMS Beagle
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: June 27, 1997
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The First International Virtual Conference on Infectious Diseases of Animals was held on the World Wide Web, Planet Earth. The 2-wk conference's objective was to provide a unique forum for scientific interchange on research of infectious diseases of animals important to agriculture. Governor of Iowa, Terry E. Branstad, and Dr. Thomas Walton, Director of the National Animal Disease Center, opened by welcoming the nearly 2400 visitors to the Virtual Conference. The 9 session topics included Mechanisms of Infection of Bacterial Respiratory Diseases of Ruminants; Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Enteric, Respiratory, and Reproductive Viral Diseases of Cattle and Swine; Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies; Pathogenesis and Diagnosis, Immunology, Pathology, and Genetics of Mycobacteria in Food Animals; Pathogenesis of Escherichia coli Infections in Cattle and Swine; Pathogenesis, Transmission and Control of Salmonellosis in Cattle and Swine; Veterinary Immunology of Food Animals; Molecular Aspects of Brucella Infections of Animals; and Spirochete Diseases of Cattle, Swine and Avian Species; Swine Dysentery, Intestinal Spirochetosis, Leptospirosis, Hairy Footwart. Over 130 papers were presented by more than 289 scientists as authors or coauthors. Nearly 4,000 visitors from around the world attended (viewed) the Web site of the Conference during the 12-day period when the Conference was live. The Conference was truly international with scientists authoring or coauthoring abstracts or posters from 12 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.