6th Epidemiology WG meeting

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Date: 
Wed, 06/09/2010 - 09:15 - Sat, 06/12/2010 - 09:15
Place: 
Varadero, Cuba
Agenda: 

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

Participants: 
Victor Gongora, Vet services, Belize
Juan Francisco Lopez, Vet services, Dominican Republic
Kathian Herbert Hackshaw, CVO, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Simone Titus, CVO, Trinidad and Tobago
Bryan Sanford, Vet services, Barbados
Maria-Irian Percedo-Abreu, CENSA, Cuba
Maria Teresa Frias Lepoureau, CENSA, Cuba
Simeon Phanord, Vet services, Haiti
Cynthia L. Johnson, USDA-APHIS, USA
Maxine Paris Aaron, IICA, Guyana
Cristobal Zepeda, USDA-APHIS, USA
Javier Guitan, College of London
Laure Bournez, CIRAD, Guadeloupe
Isel Gonzalez, traductor, CENSA, Cuba (observers)
Ledia Lorrenzo, Vet services, Cuba (observers)
Mabel Maria Del Castillo, Vet services, Cuba (observers)
Elsa Martinez, CENSA, Cuba (observers)
Carlos Delgado, IMV, Cuba (observers)
Presentation: 

- Recommendation of the 5th Meeting of the Epidemiology Working Group by Kathian Hackshaw

- Conclusions and recommendations of Fifth Meeting of the CaribVET Steering committee: EWG by Victor Gongora

-Territorial-based methodology for the risk analysis of animal transboundary diseases by Maria Irian Percedo Abreu

- System for the territorial risk analysis of sanitary disasters for transboundary diseases on animal population by Isel Gonzalez

- SNAT : Surveillance Network Assessment Tool and recommendation on SNAT by Kathian Hackshaw

- Scoring of priority Diseases by Laure Bournez

- Potential use of social network Analysis by CaribVET by Simone Titus and Javier Guitan

- CaribVET website by Laure Bournez You can find in the attached document the final report of this meeting

Recommendations: 

"Territorial-based methodology for the risk analysis of animal transboundary diseases" and "System for the territorial risk analysis of sanitary disasters for transboundary diseases on animal population"

Recommendations

The Epidemiology Working Group:

- Recognizes the value and interest of using this methodology in the Caribbean countries.- Agreed to still use OBR but meaning Object of Biological risk.

- Agreed that the database program will be adapted for coordinates points. Bryan Sanford is responssible for the English version.

- Recommends that countries use coordinates for site location and implement the use of quadrants (location, animal density)to derive maximum benefit of this methodology.

- Recommends that Belize and DR implement this methodology and present on their use of the methodology at the next meeting. These country presentations will them be used as examples for implementation in other Caribbean countries. 

 

Risk assessment surveys in the Caribbean countries - toward the publication of a risk assessment methodology" 

Recommendations

Only 17 countries (out of 27) submitted the completed questionnaire. The group recommends that the paper be published with the results obtained so far and not wait for the other countries to submit the completed questionnaire.

A draft of the version for publication will be finalized and sent to the Epidemiology working group by 20th June for validation. The final version will be submitted for publication 30th June.  

 

"A qualitative assessment of the risk of introducing foot and mouth disease into Trinidad and Tobago through the importation of beef products from Brezil" 

Recommendations

Few information are still lacking. Work was delegated to the group members.

The next steps for the risk assessment are:

- Simone Titus will finalise the draft including the last modifications

- Each member will work on his/her section and will send comments on the draft.

- Finalize a document before the next meeting

 

"Encephalomyelitis by Teschovirus risk assessment study for Haiti-Dominican Republic" 

Recommendations

- The Epidemiology working group agreed with the methodology and results of the risk analysis of Teschovirus Encephalomyelitis from Haiti to DR and recommends that it be published. Dr. Maria-Irian Percedo-Abreu is to write a first draft by end of August.

- The Epidemiology Working Group agreed with the interest of the preparation of a general framework of risk assessment of the introduction of Teschovirus Encephalomyelitis. It recommends that Drs. Maria-Irian Percedo-Abreu and Javier Guitan complete the framework; and after translation by Dr/ Javier Guitan, it should be submitted for comments to the Epidemiology Working Group by 26th July. Comments should be submitted before end of August.

 

"SNAT : Surveillance Network Assessment Tool and recommendation on SNAT" 

Recommendations

The Epidemiology working group decided to conduct SNAT evaluations in the following countries: Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana and Suriname. Dr. Maxine Paris Aaron is to confirm participation of Guyana and Suriname.

- The Epidemiology Working Group decided to analyse results of all SNAT evaluations during the next Epidemiology working group meeting to assess gaps and priority actions in the countries evaluated.

- The Epidemiology working group strongly recommends that Dr. Pascal Hendrikx be invited as facilitator for the analysis of SNAT evaluations.

The Epidemiology working group recommends that CIRAD send all SNAT already conducted to all members of Epidemiology Working Group.

- A protected forum will be created in the new website allowing the Epigroup members to discuss SNATs conducted.

 

"Scoring of priority Diseases" 

Recommendations

The Epidemiology working group recommends some modifications in the excel sheet:

- General characteristic of the disease have to be filled

- Description of the notation 0 to 5 have to be added

- The criteria “risk of introduction” is lacking and has to be added

The Epidemiology working group recommends separation of endemic and exotic diseases for analyses of results by CIRAD. 

 

"Potential use of social network Analysis by CaribVET"

The Epidemiology Working Group agreed that SNA is a valuable tool for use in epidemiology for CaribVET.

The Epidemiology Working Group recommends that SNA for FMD analysis and Teschovirus/CSF analysis be conducted. The group decided at first to make a SNA regarding trade of beef products into CARICOM countries in relationship with the risk of introduction and spread of FMD. This analysis will be conducted by Drs Simone Titus and Javier Guitan and presented during the next meeting. It will be use as an example to conduct SNA and be followed up by an SNA for Teschovirus/CSF.

 

"CaribVET website" 

Recommendations

The Epidemiology Working Group recommends that:

- Only the link of veterinary services when it exists will be put on the section “countries” regarding livestock information.

- Informations related to surveillance system will be put on the website only if countries have had a SNAT.

The Epidemiology Working group agreed that CENSA translates the home page and cover page of each of the sections.

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