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WP4 Biosecurity & surveillance

Work package led by SAFOSO


This WP will develop a catalogue of risk-based biosecurity measures and surveillance scenarios to provide guidance for optimal risk mitigation for hazard incursions taking into account effectiveness and efficiency of alternative approaches and designs.

The focus of this project is on first disease incursions into areas previously free, i.e. emerging diseases and early detection and control. Therefore, these mitigation and surveillance objectives will be the focus of the WP. Similar resource questions are relevant also in the context of endemic disease control, but will not be within the scope of this project.

This WP will use a set of case studies to focus the work. The case studies will be defined in WP5.

Task 4.1 Inventory of prevention scenarios

An inventory of prevention scenarios has been completed and organised in Excel tables. The assessment of selected prevention scenarios was developed through an expert opinion. The evaluation was focusing on the description of mechanisms and effectiveness of activities leading to the prevention of incursion and the limitation of the spread of a novel or and/or emerging hazard. Scenarios considered alternative mechanisms of prevention such as biosecurity and vaccination.


Task 4.2 Inventory of surveillance scenarios


Based on inventories of surveillance scenarios completed in previous projects, an assessment of early detection surveillance systems was developed. Through a survey implemented in Italy, Switzerland and United-Kingdom, surveillance systems in place targeting the case studies were first described and then assessed through experts’ opinion according to selected attributes such as acceptability, costs, sensitivity.


Publication: being drafted

Task 4.3 Decision support framework

A conceptual decision pathway will be developed by SAFOSO in consultation with AHVLA and IZSTO. The aim is to provide an accelerated decision framework taking into account key drivers of an outbreak and its consequences and general risk reduction. The decision will depend on the mode of transmission of a hazard, the main species affected, the expected animal movements and similar relevant factors impacting on the consequences of an incursion. The decision process will be structured such that step-by-step guidance is provided.

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).

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