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Announcements (04): OIE, WAHIS, new version

OIEÀ ATENÇÃO DE TODOS OS COLEGAS, O OIE LANÇOU A 2ª VERSÃO DO SEU SISTEMA DE INFORMAÇÃO DE SAÚDE ANIMAL MUNDIAL
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OIE launches the 2nd version of its World Animal Health Information
System (WAHIS)
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Six years after the launch of its World Animal Health Information
System (WAHIS) and in line with its mission to extend transparency,
efficiency, and speed with which animal health information is
disseminated throughout the world, the World Organisation for Animal
Health (OIE) announces the implementation of a new version of WAHIS.

The major change of this new version is the integration of a specific
section for wildlife diseases notification into WAHIS.

“The same importance and thoroughness given to the surveillance and
control of diseases in domestic animals must apply to wildlife, when
relevant, as global movements and exchanges of pathogens within and
between the 2 populations as well as towards men, are increasing,”
said OIE Director General, Dr Bernard Vallat.

The new section for wildlife disease notification in WAHIS allows
Members to complement compulsory information on OIE-listed diseases of
wild species but also to notify, on a voluntary basis, specific
wildlife diseases that are not officially OIE-listed.

The new version of WAHIS proposes many other improvements including
new options such as:

– The possibility to identify affected wild species by taxonomic
family and Latin names;
– A new integrated database containing susceptible wild species by
disease;
– Countries can select diseases present in their territories, provide
monthly information on these diseases during an ongoing semester and
finalize the rest of the requested data at the end of a given
semester.

Two other new sections have been completely developed in the 2nd
version of WAHIS. WAHIS Regional Core can be customized for a group of
countries or a defined region so that they can provide more
information on selected priority diseases of their choice. Countries
can send information on a monthly basis or by outbreak occurrence.

OIE/NACA Regional Core is meant to collect monthly information, from
the concerned countries from the Network of Aquaculture Centres in
Asia and Pacific Region (NACA) and OIE Members, on OIE aquatic animal
diseases as well as on other diseases of regional interest.

“With optimal electronic tools, the support of Delegates and capacity
building of their national focal points nominated for animal disease
notification, the OIE is better armed to provide to the international
community the earliest warning on relevant disease events, and an
improved knowledge of worldwide animal health situation,” explained Dr
Karim Ben Jebara Head of the OIE Animal Health Information
Department.

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