A new video has been released by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about its World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS).
As infectious diseases can often spread at lightening speed in these globablised times, early detection of the diseases at their source in animals is crucial so they can quickly be controlled, so protecting animal and human populations, says OIE.
WAHIS plays a central role in the process of collecting and disseminating animal health information from around the world. The web interface makes freely accessible available data, including zoonoses, arranged by country, region, month or year. WAHIS also provides other types of information, such as animal population figures and the human and material resources of the national Veterinary Services and laboratories.
One of the OIE’s key missions is to ensure transparency of the world animal health situation, notably by means of the OIE’s 180 Member Countries’ legal obligation to notify cases of the 116 diseases on the OIE official list, occurring in domestic or wild terrestrial or aquatic animals. These notifications serve to improve animal health and welfare and ensure the sanitary safety of international trade without setting up unjustified sanitary barriers.
Since 2005, information on OIE-listed diseases in domestic animals and wildlife has been freely accessible to all on the World Animal Health Information System Interface (WAHID).
The video will be broadcast on the OIE website, as well as on digital media in various regions of the world and is available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.