All outbreaks whether intentional, accidental, or natural with pandemic potential start locally. Early detection, reporting, and response are critical at the local and regional level to mitigate the effect of these outbreaks. Therefore, it is vital that the various organizations (governmental and non-governmental) and subject matter experts connect and work collectively on challenges prior to an outbreak. Mr. Brooks will call on his wealth of experience to speak to how we as a country prevent outbreaks.
Mr. Brooks, within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, leads the Biological Threat Reduction Department within the Cooperative Threat Reduction Directorate. The Department is focused on protecting the United States and its allies from especially dangerous pathogens by collaborating with partner countries and the international community to minimize the threat of deliberate, accidental, and natural infectious disease outbreaks through enhanced biosecurity, safety, and surveillance measures.