The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) performs research and develops products to defend the nation from high-consequence foreign animal and zoonotic diseases. Founded in April 2004 as a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Center of Excellence, the IIAD leverages the resources of multiple major universities, Minority Serving Institutions, national laboratories, and partners in state and federal government.
The Institute focuses on research, education and outreach to prevent, detect, mitigate and recover from exotic animal, emerging and/or zoonotic (transmissible between animals and humans) diseases, which may be introduced intentionally or through natural processes.
At least 60 percent of all human pathogens are zoonotic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 75 percent of recently emerging infectious diseases that affect humans are of animal origin. The most dangerous of these animal diseases pose catastrophic risks to human health, livestock health and the global agricultural economy, which employs one out of every three workers worldwide, according to the United Nations.
IIAD champions the One Health concept with its research on the high-consequence diseases that are transmissible between animals and humans, and through its partnerships with CDC and other government agencies.
For more information, please visit: http://iiad.tamu.edu