The EuFMD Commission currently maintains a database on FMD occurrence complied from officially notified information to FAO, OIE and other sources, such as the FAO/OIE World Reference Laboratory for FMD. The database information is used to compile an FMD Situation Overview for presentation to the Sessions of the Commission which occur at approximately 6 monthly intervals. These FMD Situation Overviews are published online following each Session. The emphasis in the Overviews is on the FMD situation in regions of the world which constitute a recognized higher level of risk because of geographical proximity to EuFMD members, such as the near-east. A Review of the recent molecular and antigenic characterization of virus isolates is usually presented in the Session Reports, following the Overviews.
The EuFMD Commission also publishes a monthly report on the FMD Disease situation, based on information sources which include databases such as EMPRES-AH/GLEWS, EMPRES-i, OIE WAHID, WRLFMD. The other sources used are the FAO/EuFMD supported FMD networks (EARLN-FMD Eastern Africa, RESOLAB-FMD West Africa), FAO/EuFMD projects and field officers and the Crisis Management Centre-Animal Health (CMC-AH).
The report is peer reviewed before final publishing, by focal points of the FAO Reference Centres for FMD (including Centres in process of recognition) and OIE Reference laboratories for FMD. Comments are received and integrated before the report is made widely available.