1st Epidemiology WG meeting

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Tue, 12/04/2007 - 09:15 - Fri, 12/07/2007 - 09:15
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The first meeting of CaribVET's Epidemiology working group was held from the 4th to the 7th of December 2007 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This workgroup is constituted by epidemiologists belonging to national veterinary services and research institutes of the region and experts of the national and international agencies supporting CaribVET (see EWG member list). It was focused on epidemiological surveillance, information systems, risk analysis and animal health economy.

Several topics were to be attended during this meeting. Two of them came out of the recommendations of the last CaribVET steering committee (priority disease and SNAT)

Participants list is available in the attached document below
    - National surveillance networks assessment

One of the main objectives was to prepare the application of the SNAT (Surveillance Network Assessment Tool) in the Caribbean island. A presentation of the objectives of the SNAT is available below.
The workgroup brought corrections and modifications to the SNAT (Surveillance Network Assessment Tool) in order to adapt it to the diversity of the caribean islands. This questionnaire, designed by the CIRAD, had already been applied to Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Dominica and Haiti.

The group members will have to fill the questionnaire with the animal health authorities in the countries interested by this assessment (Barbade, Belize, Cayman islands, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Surinam, Turk and Caicos).

The new version of the SNAT is available in english. This questionnaire will soon be available in the three languages.

    - Set of criteria for CaribVET priority diseases definition

The second objective of the workshop was to design a set of criteria (soon available) to define priority diseases for the regional network. A scoring system of the diseases has been created and is now being tested.

    - VEP Project

The group also worked on a project proposed by the USDA who wants to support national surveillance via Caribvet by financing the work of epidemiologists in several countries. The project is called VEP (Veterinary Epidemiologist/Para-epidemiologist) and is still in developpement process.

    - Database

Presentation of the first results of CAP data analysis
Presentation of the database developped by the Dominican Republic (ISIDORE); Pascal Hendrikx
Presentation of other information systems developped in the region: TickINFO 4.0 + GIS and the Animal and Poultry Diseases Surveillance Database, a national database in developpement stages, based on animals and poultry, expandable to any disease and compatible with a regional database; Bryan Sandford (Barbados veterinary services)

    - Risk analysis

Application of risk assessment to the Carribean region with the presentation of the system developed by Cuba.

    - CaribVET.net

Interactive use of Caribvet website with practical exercices of adding news online


Recommendations are available in the attached document below.

Participants list103.94 KB
SNAT438.67 KB
CAP data analysis429.48 KB
Databases in the region652.87 KB
Risk analysis Cuba1.57 MB
Recommendations16.17 KB


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