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The Caribbean animal health network: New tools for harmonization and reinforcement of animal disease surveillance

Gongora V., Trotman M., Thomas R., Max M., Zamora P.A., Frias Lepoureau M.T., Phanord S., Quirico J., Douglas K., Pegram R.G., Martinez D., Petitclerc M., Chouin E., Marchal C., Chavernac D., Doyen D., Vachiery N., Molia S., Hendrikx P., Lefrançois T.. 2008. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1149 : p. 12-15. Biennial Conference of the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine. 9, 2007-06-17/2007-06-22, Mexico (Mexique).

DOI: 10.1196/annals.1428.055

The Caribbean Animal Health Network (CaribVET) is a collaboration of veterinary services, diagnostic laboratories, research institutes, universities, and regional/international organizations to improve animal health in the Caribbean. New tools were used by the network to develop regional animal health activities: (1) A steering committee, a coordination unit, and working groups on specific diseases or activities were established. The working group on avian influenza used a collaborative Web site to develop a regionally harmonized avian influenza surveillance protocol and performance indicators. (2) A specific network was implemented on West Nile virus (WNV) to describe the WNV status of the Caribbean countries, to perform a technology transfer of WNV diagnostics, and to establish a surveillance system. (3) The CaribVET Web site ( encompasses information on surveillance systems, diagnostic laboratories, conferences, bibliography, and diseases of major concern in the region. It is a participatory Web site allowing registered users to add or edit information, pages, or data. An online notification system of sanitary information was set up for Guadeloupe to improve knowledge on animal diseases and facilitate early alert.

Mots-clés : surveillance épidémiologique; service vétérinaire; influenzavirus aviaire; virus des animaux; système d'information; réseau de recherche; caraïbes; guadeloupe; france; fièvre du nil occidental

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