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HVLA-Fera Joint Workshop on the epidemiology of wildlife pathogens at the interface with domestic animals and people - SD0479

The current level of knowledge regarding pathogen transmission at the interface between wildlife, domestic animal and human populations severely limits optimisation of surveillance activities and potential control options. Improved knowledge of the pathways or linkages between these populations would inform the development of more effective surveillance strategies, including optimisation in terms of the spatial, temporal, species and management-related targeting of sampling. This project aims to facilitate improved preparedness for emerging and exotic diseases by working towards elucidation of risk pathways from wildlife to domestic animals and people. We plan to identify enhanced/novel methods to determine and quantify risk-pathways for the transmission of pathogens that are relevant to surveillance and disease control activities. Greater understanding of these risk-pathways can improve efficiency of surveillance and contribute to policy development in this area and long-term farming sustainability.
A report on the outcomes of the discussions and electronic copies of the presentations given will be made available to Defra.
The report will include recommendations for future surveillance activities and key research areas to improve knowledge at the interface between wildlife and domestic animals or humans. This may include potential changes to sampling and diagnostic protocols that can improve integration from the field to the laboratory.
Conditional to the outputs obtained, it may be possible to publish the general themes as an agenda-setting paper on the challenges of surveillance for wildlife pathogens at the interface with domestic animals and people.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2013

Cost: £29,800
Contractor / Funded Organisations
A H V L A (Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency - AHVLA)
Plants and Animals