The Center successfully sponsored its first workshop in Fall 2010 at the McKimmon Conference Center at NC State University ajoint effort with NIEHS and NIOSH. The workshop was entitled, “Evaluating the Health Effects to Local Communities of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)”. Workshop topics included: an overview of CAFOs, respiratory and allergic health effects, fate and transport of CAFO associated ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, inflammatory responses from complex components of dust, estrogenic compounds in effluent from CAFOs, MRSA and other infectious outcomes, antibiotic resistance and endotoxin models and translation to human health.
The objectives of the meeting were:
A meeting summary has been submitted for publication in Environmental Health Perspectives. The day long workshop was well attended with over 75 participants from numerous states, including North Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky and Nevada.