THE ROLE OF THE VETERINARIAN IN NATIONAL DISASTER
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE WASHINGTON DC DIV OF HEALTH MOBILIZATION
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Following a disaster, veterinarians will continue in those activities that relate most directly to human welfare. Public health activities will become more important. A major public health responsibility of veterinarians will be to conserve animal sources of human food to insure a continuing food supply for the surviving population. Veterinarians, when necessary, will assume responsibility for providing medical care to populations located in shelters or in other locations during the immediate post attack period. In the event that numbers of human sick and injured are too great to be cared for by the available physicians, veterinarians will provide care, limited by their individual abilities and the needs of the population. Para-veterinary personnel will continue in many of their usual activities, such as food inspection, while others may be utilized as nurse substitutes, etc.
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