The AVE Systems of Geographic Information for the Assistance in the Epidemiological Surveillance

FAO Animal Production and Health
No. 7

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This manual provides, in the first part, an introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in veterinary epidemiology. The second part describes how a GIS can be used to develop a surveillance strategy for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). The approach allows users to identify locations ‘at risk’ for avian influenza incursion and spread. Informed by appropiate data, this methodological approaches described in this manual provide Official Veterinary Services with a useful set of tools to support the development of surveillance strategies based on risk.

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      Geographic information systems

        The elements of geographic data
        Spatial resolution
        Data formats

      The proposed system

        Epidemiological surveillance
        Epidemiological surveillance for avian influenza
        Surveillance based on risk assessment
        Geographic information system for the identification of areas at risk
        for the introduction and spread of HPAI virus


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