5th Epidemiology WG meeting

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Mon, 12/07/2009 - 15:00 - Fri, 12/11/2009 - 15:00
St John's, Antigua

On December 7, 2009, the Working Group Epidemiology CaribVET convened a working session at the Hotel "Joly Beach" in St. John's, Antigua. The meeting was headed by Kathian Herbert-Hackshaw, chair of the Epigroup of CaribVET. The meeting began with an introduction by Mme Jennifer Meynard, the Minister of Agriculture. Then, during this workshop, various topics were discussed: risk analysis, the SNAT, the manual of risk creates in Cuba, the VEP project and website CaribVET. Following this workshop, members of the Epigroup CaribVET made recommendations on the activities of the coming year and the advance of different work group.


To see the agenda of the meeting, click on attached document bellow

Dr Javier Guitan (Royal Veterinary College of London)
Dr Amy Delgado (IICA, Costa Rica)
Dr Victor Gongora (Chair of CaribVET, Belize)
Dr Kathian Herbert-Hackchaw (Chair of Epigroup, St Vincent and the Grenadines)
Dr Bryan Sanford (Barbados)
Dr Simone Titus (Trinidad and Tobago)
Dr Mark Trotman (Barbados)
Dr Maria Teresa Frias Lepoureau (Cuba)
Dr Maria Irian Percedo Abreu (Cuba)
Dr Miguel Depaz (Belize)
Dr Siméon Phanord (Haiti)
Dr Juan Fransisco Lopez (Dominican Republic)
Dr Thierry Lefrançois (CIRAD Guadeloupe)
Dr Laure Bournez (CIRAD Guadeloupe)
Dr Marion Petit Sinturel (CIRAD Guadeloupe)

During two days, a work group into two subgroups, under the supervision of Dr. Javier Guitan (Royal Veterinary College of London), has identified two questions of risk analysis:


- What is the risk of introducing disease Teschen from Haiti to Dominican Republic by the movement of live animals, products of animal origin and movements of vehicles and people?

- What is the risk of introduction of FMD from Brazil to Trinidad and Tobago by the importation of live cattle and their products?

The different pathways of selected diseases were determined. Thus, the remaining steps of the risk analysis will be worked during the coming year and will be discussed at future meetings Epigroup.


Introduction by Dr Thierry Lefrancois and Dr Kathian Herbert Hackshaw :

The network CaribVET - its objectives, working groups and the charter - and the agenda of the fifth meeting of the Epidemiology Group were presented.


SNAT : Surveillance Network Assessment Tool by Dr Thierry Lefrancois :

The SNAT assessment tool epidemiological surveillance networks, was presented by Dr. Thierry Lefrancois. He recalled the definition, objectives, organization of the questionnaire and the results obtained and the need to make recommendations for countries.

A discussion between members Epigroup helped to define terms for publishing these results on the website and to determine next steps for the SNAT in other Caribbean countries.


Results of the Risk assessment survey by MI Perceo-Abreu

Maria-Irian Percedo Abreu presented the results of the Risk questionnaire prepared by the group in March 2009 and sent to the Caribbean countries in September 2009. The questionnaire aimed at 1/ defining domains of application of Risk analysis (RA), 2/prioritizing the objectives for the application of RA, 3/ ranking the major ways of introduction of exotic disease for five major disease in each country. The questionnaire results will be used to publish an article.

You can find questionnaire in the attached document bellow.


The territorial risks analysis of animal transboundary diseases and presentation of risk analysis manual by Dr Maria Irian Percedo Abreu :

Maria Abreu Irian Percedo presented the methodology for risk analysis. This methodology has been published in a manual entitled "A territorial-based methodology for the analysis of risks posed by transboundary diseases to the animal population" (Spanish and English version).


CaribVET website by Dr Laure Bournez and Dr Thierry Lefrançois :

In this presentation, Dr. Laure Bournez introduced the next website CaribVET. Thus, its objectives, new tabs, its structure, its composition and its use have been described. Then, members of the Epigroup have made their recommendations.


VEP : Veterinary Epidemiologist / Para-epidemiologist by Marion Petit Sinturel and Dr Amy Delgado :

The objectives, composition, but also advanced program VEP were explained to the Epigroup. Questions were then discussed including the role of Epigroup in this program, the next possible funding and the various projects proposed in this program.


Teschovirus encephalomyelitis by Dr Maria Teresa Frias Lepoureau :

This presentation was intended to make an assessment on the evolution of the disease Teschen to Haiti where it is endemic. Thus, Dr. Maria Teresa Frias-Lepoureau recalled the main features of the disease (distribution, consequences ...) then conducted an assessment of the situation in Haiti.


The final report is availbale bellow.


Recommendations are availbale in the final report

Introduction189.69 KB
SNAT549.36 KB
RA Questionnaire120.7 KB
Risk analysis2.56 MB
Website809.29 KB
VEP506.37 KB
Teschovirus1.78 MB
Final report41.56 KB


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