CDC hearing on zoonotic disease prevention May 18 in GA

Re: CDC – Public hearing on importation and sale of exotics


[Federal Register: April 20, 2006 (Volume 71, Number  76)]


[Page 20402-20403]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access  []






Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention



Exotic Animal  Importation, Sale, and  Distribution Discussions;

Notice of Public  Meeting


AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of 

Health and Human Services.


ACTION: Notice of public  meeting.



SUMMARY:  This notice announces a public meeting on the subject of the 

importation, sale, and  distribution of exotic animals. The purpose of 

the meeting is to gather information and discuss issues and concerns 

related to infectious disease threats associated with the  importation,

sale, and  distribution of exotic animals.


DATES:  The public meeting will be held May 18, 2006, from 1 p.m. to 5

p.m. in  Decatur, Georgia. Registration will begin at 12 p.m.


ADDRESSES: The  public meeting will be held at the following location:

Holiday Inn Decatur  Conference Plaza, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 


Persons who are unable to attend the meeting  may e-mail, fax, or

mail their comments to: Attn: Kelly Crossett, _

kcrossett@constellagroup.com_ ( ;  fax

919-544-7507; Constella Group LLC,


2605 Meridian Parkway, Durham, NC  27713; Written comments regarding the

subject of this meeting that are  received by May 18, 2006 will receive

the same consideration as statements  made at the public meeting.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Attn: Kelly  Crossett, telephone 919-

313-7615; _kcrossett@constellagroup.com_

( ; fax  919-544-7507; Constella

Group LLC, 2605 Meridian Parkway, Durham, NC  27713.




Participation at the Public  Meeting


Submit requests to present a statement at the  public meeting to the

contact listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER  INFORMATION CONTACT.

The CDC should receive your requests to present oral  statements at the

public meeting no later than 10 days prior to the meeting.  Include a

written summary of oral remarks you would like to present and the 

estimated time needed for your presentation. A maximum of 15 minutes

per  speaker will be permitted. Requests received after the date

specified above  will be scheduled during the meeting if time allows;

however, the names of  those individuals may not appear on the written

agenda. The CDC will prepare  an agenda of speakers available at the

meeting. To accommodate as many  speakers as possible, the amount of

time allocated to each speaker may be  less than the estimated 15 minute

maximum. Those persons desiring to have  audiovisual equipment available

should notify the CDC when they request  placement on the agenda. All

statements submitted during the meeting will be  considered part of the

public  record.




Zoonoses are diseases that  can be transmitted from animals to

people, and prevention of zoonoses in  humans poses special challenges

and requires consideration of the role of  exotic animals in disease

transmission. Wild  exotic animals may carry a variety of known and

emerging  zoonotic pathogens. The 2003 outbreak of monkeypox in the

United States,  which involved 37 confirmed human cases, ultimately

traced back to the  importation of African rodents, and illustrates the

special  risk associated with keeping wild animals as pets. CDC’s

regulations  regarding the importation of African rodents may be found 

at 42 CFR 71.56. In addition, CDC has issued orders prohibiting the 

introduction into the United States of birds from countries where

highly  pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 subtype is present and civets.

These actions  were taken to prevent the introduction of monkeypox,

avian influenza, and  SARS-coronavirus into the United States. However,

these actions may not  fully protect the general public against the

entry of zoonotic diseases  because they are limited to specific


The  American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Council of

State and  Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and the National

Association of State  Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) have issued

position statements calling  for CDC to coordinate a meeting to address

the issue of infectious disease  risks associated with the importation

of  exotic animals. This meeting will invite discussion from  several

federal agencies with regulatory oversight of animals, interested 

stakeholders (including AVMA, CSTE, and NASPHV), and the general public 

regarding infectious disease threats related to exotic  animal

importation, sale,  and distribution. The public meeting will be used as

a  forum to share information, answer questions, and discuss potential 

solutions concerning infectious disease risks associated with  exotic

animal  importation, sale, and  distribution.


Public Meeting  Procedures


The following procedures for this meeting  are as follows:

1. Admission and participation in the  public meeting are free. The

meeting will be open to all persons who have  requested in advance to

present statements or who register on the day of the  meeting (between

12 p.m. and 1 p.m.).

2.  Representatives from the CDC will conduct the public meeting. A

panel of  Federal personnel and representatives from veterinary and

public health  organizations will discuss information presented by 


3. The public meeting is intended as a  forum to share information



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answer questions  concerning infectious disease risks associated with

the  importation, sale, and  distribution of exotic animals. Participants 

must limit their presentations to the issue of exotic  animal

importation, sale,  and distribution.

4. All interested  parties will have the opportunity to present any

information on the topic  they want to be available to CDC and other

Federal partners. The CDC and  other federal partners will then have the

opportunity to explain the  methodology and technical assumptions

supporting its current  observations.

5. Federal staff, representatives from  public health and veterinary

organizations, and public participants may  engage in a full discussion

of all technical material presented at the  meeting. Anyone presenting

conclusions will be expected to submit their  supporting data to the


6. The CDC will try to  accommodate all speakers. A maximum of 15

minutes will be allowed for each  speaker. Time may be additionally

limited for each presentation, depending  on the number of speakers.

7. Sign interpretations will be  made available at the meeting,

including assistive listening devices, if  requested 15 calendar days

before the meeting.

8.  Proceedings of the meeting will be recorded and a summary will

be posted in  the Federal Register.

9. The CDC will review and consider  all material presented by

participants at the public meeting. Position  papers or material

presenting views or information related to the subject of  the meeting

may be accepted. The CDC requests that persons participating in  the

meeting provide 10 copies of all materials to be presented for 

distribution to the panel members; other copies may be  provided to the

audience at the discretion of the  participant.

10. Statements made by CDC personnel and  other federal personnel

are intended to facilitate discussion of the issues  or to clarify

issues. Such statements should not be interpreted as providing  legal,

professional, or other advice.

11. The meeting  is designed to share information and solicit

individual views from the  public and additional information. The

meeting will not operate in consensus  fashion. The meeting will be

conducted in an informal and non-adversarial  manner. All statements

submitted during the meeting will be considered part  of the public



Dated: April 12,  2006.

James D. Seligman,

Chief Information Officer, Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention.

[FR Doc. E6-5926 Filed 4-19-06; 8:45 am]






For the cats,


Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 100 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

Sign our petition here:


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