Dr. Mohammadreza Razailashkajani
Research Center for Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases
Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
Dr. Keene, Professor Mohraz, Dr. Gooya, Dr. Nadim, and Dr. Ardalan
Professor Minoo Mohraz, the president of the Iranian Association of Infectious Diseases, urged that Iranian clinicians and scientists working in the fields relevant to foodborne disease grasp opportunities like this workshop to benefit from the experiences of their American colleagues. She also expressed her concerns about the increase of zoonoses in Iran that could be controlled by stricter food safety measures.
Responding to a question from an Iranian attendee on ways to improve reporting of foodborne disease in Iran, Dr. Keene mentioned that laboratory and physician monitoring systems should be developed in Iran. He stressed that these systems should be well funded and supported by the government in order to be successful. Dr. Keene also addressed the question of how state governments in the United States send surveillance reports and data on foodborne disease to the federal government. The final point was from Dr. Ardalan on the challenges faced by a new food surveillance system in integrating it into the established public health sector.