January 6, 2012

In the Spotlight: OIE Training Manual on Wildlife Diseases and Surveillance

Training Manual on Wildlife Diseases and Surveillance: Workshop for OIE National Focal Points for Wildlife
World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Working Group on Wildlife Diseases

From the Manual Forward: "This Training Manual on Wildlife Diseases and Surveillance was prepared by Dr F.A. Leighton from the OIE Collaborating Centre for Wildlife Disease Surveillance and Monitoring, Epidemiology and Management, under the auspices of the OIE Working Group on Wildlife Diseases. It can be used in training workshops, with a view to providing practical advice on wildlife diseases and surveillance and facilitating an interactive working session for participants."

The table of contents of this 56-page manual include:

  • Definition of 'wildlife'
  • The socio-economic importance of wildlife pathogens and diseases
  • The ecology of pathogens and diseases
  • Emerging diseases and wildlife
  • Pathogen transmission
  • Reservoirs of infectious pathogens
  • The basic reproductive number (‘R’) - A measure of pathogen transmission
  • Interventions to manage pathogens and diseases in wild animals
  • Components of a national wildlife disease programme
  • Wildlife disease surveillance