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Prev Vet Med. 2012 Dec 1;107(3-4):149-59. doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2012.08.008. Epub 2012 Sep 1.

Ten years' work on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Worldwide Animal Disease Notification System.

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Animal Health Information Department, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), 12 rue de Prony, 75017 Paris, France. information.dept@oie.int

Abstract

This article gives an overview of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Worldwide Animal Disease Notification System and highlights the major achievements during the past decade. It describes the different types of disease notification reports received and processed by the OIE. It also evaluates the three strategies implemented by the OIE in the recent years aimed at improving disease notification: introduction and use of a secure online notification system World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) and its database interface World Animal Health Information Database (WAHID); implementation of active search and verification procedures for non-official information; and enhanced building of capacity for animal disease notification to the OIE by Members Countries. The improvements are evidenced by the increasing number of reports submitted on an annual basis and the reduction in submission time together with an improvement in the quality and quantity of the immediate notifications and follow-up reports, six-monthly and annual reports submitted by Veterinary Authorities. In the recent years, the OIE's notification system provides an early warning system more sensitive and global. Consequently, there is a greater knowledge of animal diseases' distribution worldwide. As a result, it is possible to ensure better prevention, more accurate risk assessment and evaluation by diminishing the spread of known or newly emerging pathogens.

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22947122
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10.1016/j.prevetmed.2012.08.008
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