3rd Meeting of the CaribVET T & TBD Working Group, Guadeloupe, Nov 2013

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The joint meeting of the FCR ”ResisT” Project on Tick Resistance, surveillance and control in the Caribbean and the 3rd meeting of the CaribVET Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases Working Group was held in CIRAD, Guadeloupe, 26th November - 28th November, 2013.

Kick Off Meeting of FCR ResisT project & 3rd T&TBD WG meeting

Specific objectives and an overview of the activities of the project were discussed. The need to strengthen internal and external communication was highlighted, the improvement of diagnostic capabilities of TBD’s and Tick resistance to acaricides, and lastly the way to assess the epidemiological situation re tick-borne diseases in the region were discussed. The strengthening of passive surveillance activities was noted and elaborated on. An update of both vector and disease situation in the Caribbean, as well as the surveillance activities, active or passive, were discussed in the different countries.

The participants of the group worked on protocols and protocol guidelines and an overview of TBD’s and surveillance activities were discussed. An update of the status of TBT, Heartwater, Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis in the Caribbean was presented and discussed, including and identifying the constraints as well as the way forwards in developing surveillance protocols and/or guidelines for the participating countries.

The countries involved in the project for the surveillance of Heartwater were identified and include Guadeloupe and Antigua as well as several other countries with low to moderate infestation by Amblyomma ticks.

The prevalence and distribution of Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis in the region were discussed and an update was given for the partner countries, with a way for implementing active surveillance in several Caribbean islands within the frame of the project.

The specific pilot study in Martinique was elaborated and conclusions were made at the end. The study involved two main components: assessment of cattle tick resistance to acaricides and the need for an anti-tick vaccine as an alternative strategy to control tick infestation and slow down resistance development in tick populations. The latter component has been delayed due to difficulties in obtaining permission to import the vaccine as it is not registered in France.

Pilot study on Nevis to study role of natural predators of ticks was also discussed and groups were formed to work on the protocol.

3rd T&TBD WG

The final outcome of the meeting established subgroups for the various ResisT activities, and the CaribVET working group on Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases, with a view to develop a work plan for the next two years. This was to further enable better communication between all the participating countries, partners of the project, CaribVET and CIRAD.

Dr. Oona Edwards, Chief Veterinary Officer of Antigua, member of the T&TBD Working group.


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