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Veterinary epidemiology roll-out to provinces - Shanghai ACDC is engaging in capacity building and practices

05/01/2017

The China Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (CFETPV) keeps facilitating the veterinary epidemiology development at different levels since its launching in 2010. Some provinces use their own resources to develop their institutional and personnel capacities with support of the program, Shanghai is one of them.

The directors of Shanghai Animal Disease Control Centre (ACDC) became more cognizant of the importance of veterinary epidemiology to veterinary public health services after they attended the veterinary epidemiology executive trainings (FETPV-E). Since 2012, Shanghai ACDC has been sending young professionals continually to attend the CFETPV 2-year core course. It has 3 graduates and 1 trainee up to now. The CFETPV trainees played an important role in training their local staff. 7 epidemiology trainings were conducted in the past four years, attended by more than 200 participants. Shanghai ACDC also organized their provincial veterinary epidemiology executive training in 2015 to strengthen district ACDCs directors’ understanding of veterinary epidemiology. It was the first provincial FETPV-E training in China. In addition, Shanghai ACDC established their epidemiology team cross departments by using the graduates resources that built up gradually through the attendance of CFEPTV. This team is now active in the fields of the outbreak investigation and epidemiological study to provide sound evidence for animal health services in Shanghai. Their performance also received recognition from Shanghai government and was awarded as “The 2016 excellent vanguard of Shanghai City”.

Shanghai ACDC also actively promotes the applications of veterinary epidemiology. More than 20 outbreak investigations were conducted, including bovine tuberculosis, sheep brucellosis, pig Pseudorabies, piglet diarrhea and H7N9, etc. Several studies have been done to help Shanghai pig breeding farms to eradicate Pseudorabies. In the aim of improving H7N9 risk management of Shanghai, it also conducted live bird markets trade network study by adopting value chain analysis approach. In addition, Shanghai ACDC makes the best use of epidemiology to provide technical supports for animal disease control decision marking, such as surveillance plan, control strategies, etc. What is more, Shanghai ACDC applies ‘One health’ approaches to address public health risks. It closely works with Shanghai CDC, not only for emergency issues such as H1N1 and H7N9, but also established regular communication and collaboration mechanism to work together on the control of brucellosis, rabies and other zoonoses.