Animal Health Task Force

About the Animal Health Task Force

The goal of the Animal Health Task Force is to improve communication among the three countries concerning animal diseases and to work to harmonize diagnostics as much as possible. An annual regional seminar organized by this Task Force and supported by IICA has proven to be successful at sharing technology, knowledge and expertise on several important animal diseases including avian and swine influenza, bovine tuberculosis and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Members of  the Animal Health Task Force


Senior National Program Leader
Animal Production and Protection, Agricultural Research Service
Address: 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Beltsville, Maryland 20705-5148
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Dr. Indervesh Dahiya, BVSc. & AH, MVSc., PhD

Veterinary Program SpecialistAnimal Health Directorate
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Rd. Tower 1, 1st Floor, Room 332
Ottawa ON K1A 0Y9, (613) 773-7317,
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Responsable del Departamento de Biotecnología en Salud Animal
Address: Avenida Progreso No 5, Col. Barrio de Santa Catarina, Delegación Coyoacán, C.P. 04010, Ciudad de México
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Workshop Emerging Swine Pathogens that Pose a Threat to North America

Emerging infectious diseases can be defined as those which incidence is increasing following its first introduction into a new host population or in an existing one as a result of long-term changes in its underlying epidemiology. This concept can also include those diseases linked to pathogens expanding
into an area in which it was not previously reported, or due to infectious agents that changed significantly
its clinico-pathological presentation. Emerging swine pathogens that pose a threat to North America, idenbtification, prevention and control meassures, were discussed by the Animal Health Task Force at INIPAF in Mexico.



Workshop Reports

2019 Annual Workshop

Emerging Swine Pathogens that Pose a Threat to North America

The animal health task force carried out the workshop “Emerging Swine Pathogens that Pose a Threat to North America”. This technical event gathered scientists and regulators from Canada, the United States and Mexico who shared their advances in several areas of animal disease including epidemiology, diagnostics, countermeasures and vaccines. This year the workshop had a particular focus on African swine fever, a transboundary disease that can be spread by live or dead pigs, domestic or wild, and pork products, as well as by other means.

2019 Annual workshop Report

Abstract compilation Animal Health TF Workshop

Date: September 9 – 10, 2019

Research Project FINAL REPORT 
Use of IFN-expressing vectors in control of Nipah and Ebola virus diseases in swine. by Hana Weingart and Teresa de Los Santos.

Date: April 10, 2018