2nd AI WG meeting

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Thu, 09/02/2010 - 14:30 - Sat, 09/04/2010 - 14:30
San Diego, California, USA

The Avian Influenza and Newcastel Disease Working Group recommends that:

- Countries take note of the notification procedures required by OIE. Confirmation of the presence of the disease must not be based only on serological titres.

- the TOR for the surveillance sub group remains as was previously stated: “Review and amend/update the existing harmonised surveillance protocols developed by the AI WG in 2006.  Include surveillance of pet birds, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and use of personal protective equipment (PPEs)”.

 - the chairman of the working group write to the CVO of participating VEP countries asking them to grant permission for IICA to release their AI surveillance plan to the working group.

 - the chairman of the working group writes to the CVOs of the non participating VEP countries asking them to forward their AI surveillance plans to the working group.

- the working group review the AI surveillance plans (by two persons to be indicated by Dr. Gomez and by CIRAD) and propose amendments where necessary and validate the protocols. The group request CIRAD to gather plans in one place (Google Apps or other).

 - the AIWG would draft an abridged AI plan to assist countries without an AI surveillance plan. This plan would contain the type of surveillance, test associated, specificity, sensitivity, sampling size etc...

- countries with a significant poultry industry should use targeted surveillance in areas where the biological risks are greater in respect to wild birds.

-  the subgroup convenes to address the issues that were previously identified in the TOR

- the Salmonella Working Group considers the advantages and the disadvantages of vaccination against S.enterditis and makes appropriate recommendations to the SC.

- IICA develops appropriate risk communication packages for countries where the practice of fighting cocks is legal as well as for the countries where fighting cocks is illegal and for activities involving Captive birds.

- the chairperson write to FAO subregional Director for animal health to release the raw data for all CaribVET countries to CaribVET AIWG for analysis

- CPA would complete its survey on the characterization of the poultry industry in the Caribbean and make the results available to the AIWG.- That funds be approved to the Veterinary Services of Grenada to purchase the ELISA equipment.

- representative (s) of the AIWG attend the next Annual general meeting of the CPA that will convene in Jamaica in January and February 2010.


The AI WG acknowledges that:

- the group can take advantage of the proposed video conferencing service to be established by IICA in order to meet on a regular basis.


The AI WG plans to:

-  Establish countries at risk profile. A proposal was made to use the FAO document to establish the potential for endemnicity of AI using socio-economic, geographical, agricultural practices as well as comingling indicators to establish and categorize risks.

-   Encourage participation in CaribVET of the regional university labs (St. Georges in Grenada, Ross in St. Kitts and St. Matthew’s in Cayman Island). The group should advise participating university laboratories that Good Laboratory Practices and laboratory standards (ISO 17025) must be adhered when conducting diagnostic procedures for the region.

- present the results of the questionnaire  to the next Steering Committee.

- complete and forward the questionnaires on fighting cocks to the CVOs of the Steering Committee for completion.

- analyze the results in the FAO report to ascertain if it contains sufficient information to characterize the risk and if necessary to propose risk mitigation.

- review avian influenza surveillance plan of St Kitts and recommends using ELISA or AGID for several years (2-3 years according the funding) instead of rt-PCR for this project


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