Infectious Diseases Group, Animal Health Service, Animal Production & Health Division, Agricultural Department, Food & Agriculture Organization, United Nations

Data Center Description
The Infectious Diseases Group deals mainly with the design and
analysis of control strategies for infectious diseases of farm
animals. The main objective is to reduce adverse impact of
infectious diseases on livestock with a view to optimising the
contribution of livestock to human welfare and rural
development. The Infectious Diseases Group works to:

-assist member countries to improve prevention and progressive
control of infectious diseases through the application of
effective disease emergency preparedness, epidemiological
analysis, disease surveillance, appropriate diagnostic
technology and the use of quality assured vaccines.

-develop specialised information systems on infectious diseases
affecting animal health thereby providing information to support
decision making for animal health policy and planning.

-provide special focus on short cycle livestock species
i.e. small ruminants, swine and poultry.

The Infectious Diseases Group pays particular attention to the
Special Programme, EMPRES, which focuses on the effective
containment and control of the most serious epidemic livestock
diseases / Transboundary Animal Diseases (TAD) and evolving and
emerging diseases through regional and global co-operation. The
Regional Animal Disease Surveillance and Control Network
(RADISCON), is a joint FAO/ IFAD project, managed by the
Infectious Diseases Group which endeavours to assist each of the
29 participating countries to establish its National Animal
Diseases Surveillance System and enhance communication among


[Summary provided by the United Nations Infectious Diseases Group.]