The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through its Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in collaboration with the General Organization of Veterinary Services (GOVS) recently commenced the development of a risk map for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) through analytical/predictive modelling using data collected over the past several years.
The risk map will facilitate the identification of hotspots for the potential emergence and circulation of avian influenza viruses, subsequently guiding the focus of the HPAI surveillance programme in the future.
The risk mapping exercise is being conducted by a team of experienced experts from national and international levels. As part of the exercise and with a view to transferring knowledge and skills to other national experts, FAO in collaboration with GOVS organized a practical training course on risk mapping and spatial analysis, which benefited more than 30 veterinary epidemiologists, animal health specialists and laboratory experts. The training will enhance the technical skills of trainees in statistical and spatial analysis of epidemiological data for conducting predicative modelling and developing risk maps for other priority diseases.
Furthermore, the training provided a perfect opportunity to review and validate the draft risk map developed by the team.
Source : Fao