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Risk-based methods for assessing the occurrence of animal diseases in high- and low-income countries with special emphasis on vector-borne and zoonotic diseases

English title Risk-based methods for assessing the occurrence of animal diseases in high- and low-income countries with special emphasis on vector-borne and zoonotic diseases
Applicant Stärk Katharina
Number 109592
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Bundesamt für Veterinärwesen Bibliothek
Institution of higher education Non-profit organisations (libraries, museums, foundations) and administration - NPO
Main discipline Veterinary Medicine
Start/End 01.01.2006 - 31.12.2008
Approved amount 201'301.00
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Keywords (5)

animal health; surveillance; emerging diseases; zoonosis; risk analysis

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
In the past few years, the public has become aware of the threat of emerging infectious diseases of animal origin, especially zoonoses and vector-borne diseases. Consequently, animal health surveillance in low- and high-income countries is more and more challenged with public health issues and new patterns of (emerging) disease spread. In view of the increasing restriction of resources for animal health surveillance and increasing volumes in global animal trade, the OIE and FAO call for the development of new methods to conduct risk-based surveys for determining occurrence or freedom from important animal disease. Such systems are expected to decrease surveillance costs without compromising quality of the statement.
The purpose of this project is to develop and apply such a risk-based survey method as a basis for novel infectious disease surveillance systems. The objectives are as follows: 1) epidemiological analysis of data on selected diseases (case studies) to identify the relevant high-risk populations and to estimate their risk strata; 2) to develop and validate a genuine risk-based survey design applicable to livestock disease data of high- and low-income countries; and 3) a comparison of costs of the resulting risk-based survey design and the current survey designs.
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