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International Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases – Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The 4th International Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases was held on September 6-7, 2012 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Each year the International Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases provides foreign scientists with the opportunity to interact closely with high-ranking Mongolian leaders who specialize in human and animal health. This highly interactive event gave international and Mongolian researchers the opportunity to create a global scientific exchange of information and increase collaboration potential around the world.


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Facts about Mongolia

  • There are more than ten times as many animals as people in Mongolia, one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries, where 2.5 million people live in a territory about half the size of Europe.
  • Some 30 million sheep, goats, horses, yaks, and other animals graze on vast pasturelands covering almost four fifths of the country.
  • Life in sparsely populated Mongolia has recently become more urbanized. Nearly half of the people live in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and in other provincial centers. Semi-nomadic life still predominates in the countryside, but settled agricultural communities are becoming more common.
  • Mongolia’s birth rate is estimated at 19 births/1000 people (2006). About two-thirds of the total population is under age 30, 28.5% of whom are under 14.
  • Livestock is the main livelihood and source of wealth in Mongolia. The country’s economy substantially depends on the production and development of this sector.
  • Mongolians are traditionally nomadic people. Many live in close contact with their animals (chiefly cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and camels). This close human-animal contact facilitates the transmission of numerous zoonotic diseases including: brucellosis, campylobacter infections, rabies, plague, Echinococcus granulosis infections, anthrax, and tularemia.[1]
  • Mongolia is home to a number of serious livestock diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease, glanders, and pasteurellosis, which cause disease in man, but have a much greater impact upon national economies.[2]

Registration Information

Click here to access the registration information for the 2012 Symposium.

Previous Symposium Information

3rd International Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases

2nd International Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases

1st International Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases 





1. Ebright JR, Altantsetseg T and Oyungerel R. Emerging infectious diseases in Mongolia. Emerg Infect Dis 2003;9:1509-15.
2. Odontsetseg N, Mweene AS and Kida H. Viral and bacterial diseases in livestock in Mongolia. Jpn J Vet Res 2005;52:151-62.