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Project Progress meeting 13-14 September 2016

A successful second face to face meeting was held in sunny Weybridge UK, attended by representatives from SAFOSO, IZISTO, UNIZAR and APHA including representatives from the National Wildlife Management Center. Among the topics of most active debate were how uncertainty could be included in the models and obtaining appropriate geo-referenced observation data. 

SPARE Poster presented at ECVPH AGM 2016 – Uppsala, Sweden

SAFOSO had a poster accepted for the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH) Annual General Meeting, on the 26-28 August 2016 on the multi-criteria risk-ranking framework to prioritise livestock pathogens. 

New publication from SPARE!

Decision-makers and risk managers are often called upon to prioritise on and recommend suitable measures to prevent the risk of introduction and spread of pathogens. The main objective of this study implemented within the SPARE project was to assess the perceptions of experts in Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom concerning the importance, effectiveness, feasibility, costs and acceptability of selected biosecurity measures to prevent the introduction and limit the spread of rabies, blue tongue (BT) and classical swine fever (CSF).

For more information, please consult our recent publication in Vaccine under the link:

SPARE poster presented at SAFEPORK 2017 –21-24 August 2017, Foz do Iguaçu , Brazil

​An oral presentation on the Classical Swine Fever release assessment was accepted at the 12th International Symposium on the Epidemiology and Control of Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards in Pigs and Pork, 21-24 August 2017, Foz do Iguaçu , Brazil

Abstract: The threat of incursion of exotic animal pathogens into the European Union (EU) Member States (MS) via transmission routes such as human travel and trade of live animals and their products is dynamic and needs to be continually re-assessed. Here, we present a quantitative spatial entry assessment model for assessing the risk of incursion of exotic pig diseases such as Classical Swine Fever (CSF) into the EU.

An extended abstract is in the proceedings book which is available online here:

SPARE poster presented at EPIZONE 2017 – 19-21 September 2017, Paris, France

SAFOSO had a poster accepted at the 11th Annual Meeting EPIZONE, 19-21 September 2017, Paris France.The meeting is entitled: “Crossing barriers” (  and the poster described, through an expert knowledge elicitation, the surveillance systems in place against rabies, bluetongue (BT) and classical swine fever (CSF) in Italy (IT), Switzerland (CH) and the United Kingdom (UK).

Internship at CIRAD of a SPARE young researcher

Through the use of a model developed in CIRAD (Grosbois et al. 2015), data and results from Task 4.1 (inventory of biosecurity measures) and Task 4.2 (inventory of surveillance systems) will be exploited to investigate the best and more economically efficient combination of surveillance systems and biosecurity measures to prevent the incursion of emerging diseases.  To this aim, Anais Léger, from SAFOSO, will spend 1 week in CIRAD in early December 2017 to work with CIRAD researchers.


Grosbois, V., et al., A rationale to unify measurements of effectiveness for animal health surveillance. PREVET (2015),

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AND SPREAD THROUGHOUT EUROPE" appeared on Épidémiologie et santé animale, 2017, 71, 139-148.

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