New WAHIS video from OIE

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.

2 Comments on New WAHIS video from OIE

  1. Thank you for promoting the OIE WAHIS system. As NZ’s SPS Competent Authority, MPI is responsible for ensuring our international health status reporting obligations are met. However, we rely on many agencies, laboratories, vets, meat processors, livestock saleyards, farmers and persons in charge of animals in NZ to provide our surveillance capability. These reports and our national systems protect our primary industries from biosecurity risk, and support our export assurances.
    Matthew Stone
    NZ Delegate to the OIE
    Director of Animal and Animal Products

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