PROJECT

The SPARE project is developing a framework to provide rapid access to and use of available metadata on trade and human-animal contact structures to identify pathways of potential risk of incursion and/or spread for different mechanisms of animal disease transmission in Europe. This framework will provide invaluable information for risk assessors in the first instances of a disease outbreak where typically information on imports and routes of entry and potential for spread is undertaken on a case-by-case basis.

 

The project sets out to integrate the available metadata within a risk assessment framework comprised of a release, exposure and consequence assessment, together with a component investigating available biosecurity measures within the system and encompassing all areas of the project, a communication network to promote discussion and exchange between data providers, including the development of standardized data exchange protocols, ultimately encouraging an integrated early warning system.

WP3 Vector Competence

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Available datasets on insect vector
presence will be combined with other indicators to capture the environmental niche of the vector.

WP2 Exposure & Consequence

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Assess the potential for exposure of domestic livestock and/or humans by identification of
the key risk pathways between points of EU incursion and across EU borders.

WP1 Release Assessment

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Identify high-risk entry points into Europe Union by the development of a spatially explicit risk assessment.

WP4 Biosecurity Measures

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Assess alternative surveillance scenarios to investigate change in detection probability.

WP5 Communication Networks

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Provide recommendations on the standardisation of datasets and reporting in order to achieve a unified approach across the EU.

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