3rd Epidemiology WG meeting

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Mon, 12/08/2008 - 14:45 - Fri, 12/12/2008 - 14:45
La Havana, Cuba

On December 8, 2008, the CaribVET Epidemiology working group led by Dr. Thierry Lefrancois of CIRAD convened a working session at Hotel Seville, Habana, Cuba. The meeting was facilitated by Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (CENSA) and was received by Maria Irian Percedo Abreu a member of the Caribvet epi-working group. The theme for the working session was previously established in Santo Domingo was centered on Risk Analysis.

Opening remarks were made by Director of Veterinary Services of Cuba, Dr. Emerio Serrano who welcomed the group to Cuba and challenged the group to have an effective working session. Dra. Lydia M. Tablada Romero, General Director of CENSA participated to the opening session as well. The agenda for the five days working session was enunciated by Dr. Lefrancois.


SNAT: Surveillance Networks Assessment Tool

The results of the surveys that were conducted in seven islands to assess the country’s disease surveillance network were analyzed and recommendations were made as to the way forward. The countries that were assessed were Grenada, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, St.Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, Antigua and Dominican Republic. The other four islands would be assessed in 2009 are Dominica, Nevis, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago. We wish to thank the USDA for assisting with the funding of this assessment exercise.


The results and recommendations of each island would be sent to the respective CVO through the chair of the CaribVET Steering Committee Dr. Mark Trotman, CVO of Barbados. Further discussion of the results and recommendations would be held at the annual meeting of the CVO during the first quarter 2009.


Fighting Cocks survey

The first working day ended with a presentation of the results of a regional survey on fighting cocks by Dr. Loic Gouyet, Director of the Veterinary Service of Martinique. The results showed that there is an important and established trade in exchange of fighting cocks which poses a significant threat of the introduction and spread of avian plagues (avian influenza and Newcastle disease). The survey when fully completed by all the countries in the region will provide a wealth of information that can be used to conduct risk analysis of the region in this trade. Eight countries filled the questionnaire at the moment. See the presentation and questionnaire regarding Fighting cocks in the attached documents.


Cuba Risk Analysis system

The working group moved to CENSA (Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria) where the mission, objectives and main results were presented. This was followed by a series of presentations so as to demonstrate the Cuban experience in Disease Preparedness Prevention and response plan using risk analysis. The experiences illustrated the utilization of Risk analysis as a strategy to identify transboundary diseases that are important to human and public health as well as in the importation of animal products.


- El anàlisis de riesgo en la estrategia de prevención y respuesta ante enfermedades transfronterizas de interés para la sanidad animal y la salud publica. Experiencia en Cuba.

- The territorial risk analisis of animal transboundary diseases.

- El anàlisis de riesgo en la importación de animales y productos de origen animal en la República de Cuba


Presentations were also made on Epizootic Surveillance and Information System and Risk Analysis for Sanitary Disasters. The Biological Risk Analysis System - Methodology for territorial risk analysis of transboundary disease in the animal population - and an application of the methodology in the province of Matanzas were presented.


- Caracterización de los servicios veterinarios de la provincia de Matanzas 

- Caracterización y anàlisis de reisgo de la provincia de Matanzas


On the third day, specialists from the Provincial Direction of the Veterinary Medicine Institute in Villa Santa Clara, (three hours drive away from Havana), facilitated the day’s activities. The CaribVET Epidemiology working group was presented practical experiences of the application of the biological risk analysis system of Santa Clara. An extensive but not exhaustive data base system with the utilization of mapping software provides the base for the information needed to conduct such biological risk assessment. To continually update this data base, an animal census takes place every six months in which all the veterinarians are involved.


- Atlas Villa Clara


Qualitative Risk Analysis courses

During the last 2 days of the meeting the discussion and focus was on Qualitative Risk Analysis. Dr. Javier Guitian, senior Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, England facilitated the sessions on the subject area. The group looked at the general concepts, Risk Assessments and general areas of application.


- Introduction to Risk Analysis 

- Qualitative Risk Analysis 

- Risk based surveillance 

- Example: Qualitative Risk assessment of the hazards and risks from wild game (H.L. Coburn et al., 2005)


On the last day, much time was spent on the recommendations of the working group to send to the steering committee. It was agreed to continue work in territorial risk analysis on transboundary disease in each island. The working group will be focusing on veterinary economics during the next scheduled meeting proposed in Barbados, Marsh 2009.

Fighting cocks presentation1.88 MB
Fighting cocks questionnaire79.35 KB
Introduction to RA669.86 KB
Qualitative RA289.63 KB
Ris based surveillance527.64 KB
Example63.3 KB


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