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ICAHS-International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance

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News of 17/05/2011

17 May 2011

This afternoon the first edition of the International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance - ICAHS opened in Lyon.
The event is part of the agenda for World Veterinary Year, Vet2011, of which ANSES is an associate member. Its objective is to bring together the stakeholders in epidemiological surveillance of animal health from all over the world to enable them to better understand each other's challenges and opportunities and to explore new approaches to surveillance.

The conference, which is being organised by ANSES and AEEMA (Association for the study of the epidemiology of animal diseases), in response to the initiative of a committee made up of internationally renowned scientists, will concentrate on two major areas:

  • the scientific aspects of the epidemiology of animal health, referring to surveillance methods and processes and different strategies to be applied depending on the type of disease or animal population.
  • interactions between the scientific and political spheres.

The conference is geared to:

  • scientists, researchers or users of surveillance techniques and tools,
  • practitioners, responsible for implementing surveillance programmes and wishing to keep up with the latest trends and opportunities,
  • decision-makers and managers responsible for implementing surveillance standards on a regional, national and international level.

The conference will have two main parts:

Design and evaluation of surveillance systems
The value and evaluation of surveillance systems
Adapting surveillance to various situations (endemic diseases/exotic and emerging diseases)
Data collection, transmission and management

Setting up surveillance systems, communication and collaboration
Setting up surveillance systems
Distributing surveillance results

Find out more

> The conference website
> The programme