The NationalBiosecurityResourceCenter for Animal Health Emergencies’ new and improved Web site is up and running.

The Web site continues to house the truck wash database for the National Pork Board's Truck Quality Assurance Program, state regulations for carcass disposal and state regulations for reporting of animal diseases. New on the Web site is a searchable database for information on disinfectants. The new Web site also will house educational programs and informational papers on current issues in animal health.

 Another feature is a secure password protected, Web-based tool for collection, storage and management of resource information important to respond to an animal emergency. Provisions are being made for Web-based data entry for this tool by local authorities and voluntary data entry by local citizenry. The community resource information will only be available to select local authorities and will not be available to the general public.

The center is a cooperative effort between the Purdue Homeland Security Institute of Discovery Park, the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Indiana Board of Animal Health. Its mission is to provide information and tools to enable government, commodity groups, veterinarians, producers and the public to meet the challenges of animal health emergencies. To date, the center's Web site has received nearly 18,000 hits from 191 countries.

You can access the site at: www.biosecuritycenter.org.

Sandra Amass, DVM, PurdueUniversity