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International systems for monitoring, preparedness and control of animal and fish diseases and zoonotic agents

Bar-Yaacov K, Boysen P, Hopp P, Håstein T, Kruse H, Torgersen Y. Internasjonale systemer for overvåking, beredskap og bekjempelse av dyre- og fiskesykdommer og zoonotiske agens. Norsk Veterinærtidsskrift 2009; 121: 44-51.

Norway has traditionally had very good animal and public health. Opening of markets and more trade have led to more pressure on the national control systems. International cooperation is important to prevent spreading of unwanted pathogens. There are three major international organizations that cover this area. These are OIE, FAO and WHO. These three organizations have partially overlapping mandates and very different organizational structures. The fear of an influenza pandemic caused by highly pathogenic avian influenza virus led to an international demand that the organizations work out good cooperation agreements and clear identification of responsibilities and roles. The work these organizations perform leads to control of spread of unwanted pathogens at source, and therefore support of this work is important for Norway. Norway has been an important contributor and initiator for work on controlling fish diseases internationally. In addition to the work in these organizations, Norwegian contingency for serious contagious diseases is strongly influenced by the EEA agreement through harmonised regulations for surveillance and control.

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