Vet-LIRN Cooperative Agreement for investigating microbial, chemical/drug contamination
events and animal feed related outbreaks
This project aims to strengthen Florida's preparedness to respond to microbial, animal feed related
outbreaks, monitoring antimicrobial resistance and reinforce its ability to safeguard animal and
public health by rapid, accurate detection and reporting of disease agents for early diagnosis and
prevention. Due to its unique geographic location, tourism trade and increased importation of
exotic animal species, Florida presents a potential hazard to the nation as point source for emerging
microbial and chemical/drug related contamination events, introduced naturally or intentionally.
Case investigations will be made upon consumer complaints and/or evidence found during
diagnostic case evaluations. The proposed project also focuses on monitoring antimicrobial
resistance monitoring of animal isolates.