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The purpose of surveillance is to provide early warning of disease events and give timely and relevant information to policy makers to enable them to mount a rapid response to reduce the spread and mitigate the impact of disease.
This practical handbook about surveillance is intended to be used mainly by Veterinary Services or other Competent Authorities, their staff and experts as a tool for strengthening the design, implementation and evaluation of surveillance systems for diseases of relevance for terrestrial animals in their country.
Guide to Terrestrial Animal Health Surveillance reflects the contribution of experts in surveillance methodology from across the world. Recognising the dynamic nature of animal health and taking into consideration the differences between OIE Member Countries and the diversity of their animal husbandry systems, Guide to Terrestrial Animal Health Surveillance presents a flexible framework for integrating surveillance approaches that meet both national and international needs and that should remain relevant as surveillance evolves to embrace new challenges and opportunities.
Veterinary Services complying with OIE standards on quality are a cornerstone for effective passive and active surveillance activities, as well as efficient public–private partnerships between official and private veterinarians and animal owners, rangers and hunters.