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

Dr. CYRIL GAY, TASK FORCE LEADER

Senior National Program Leader – Animal Production and Protection Agricultural Research Service
USDA-ARS
Address:
5601 Sunnyside Avenue,
Beltsville, Maryland 20705-5148
Phone:
(301) 504-4786  
cyril.gay@ars.usda.gov
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Dr. LAKSHMAN GAMAGE 

Veterinary Science Specialist – Animal Health Directorate
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Address:
1400 Merivale Rd. 
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0Y9
Phone:
(236) 330-5936
lakshman.angunnagamage@inspection.gc.ca
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Dr. SUSANA FLORES VILLALVA 

Research Scientist, Animal Health
CENID-SAI
INIFAP
Address:
Carretera México-Toluca Km. 15.5, Col. Palo Alto, Cuajimalpa,
C.P.: 05110
, CDMX
flores.susana@inifap.gob.mx
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Dr. ERIC ETTER 

Veterinarian Epidemiologist
CaribVET Secretariat

CIRAD-ASTRE
Address:
Domaine Duclos – Prise d’eau,
97170 Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe / French West Indies
eric.etter@cirad.fr

 

Activities

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.

 

Gallery

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