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  • The Nordic –Baltic seminar on the role of wildlife as reservoir and/or spread of infectious animal diseases in the coastal areas of countries bordering the Baltic Sea was held in Gdansk, Poland from 2–3 October 2013.

  • The participants were at the opening session welcomed by Dr. Krysztof Jazdzewski, Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer of Poland and Dr. Audur Arnthorsdottir, Chairman of the Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group. In his opening speech Dr. Jazdzewski emphasized the importance of cooperation between the veterinary administrations in the countries bordering the Baltic Sea with regard to disease surveillance and application of disease control measures. It was a pleasure for the veterinary administration that Poland had been chosen as host country for the seminar and his administration would be pleased to provide assistance also in the future for seminars, workshops and other activities organized by the Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group.

  • Wild animals have high economic, social, ecological and cultural value and play fundamental roles in the maintenance of stable ecosystems. Wildlife contributes significantly to recreation and tourism. Wildlife trade and natural migration contribute to the worldwide spread of new pathogens. Wildlife mass mortality results in public concern. Infectious diseases may have a devastating impact on wildlife populations and threaten their conservation. Wild animals host many pathogens and may act as reservoirs, maintaining infections in the ecosystem, which makes control and eradication difficult and has important health and economic impact on humans and livestock. Therefore, the value of maintaining naturally diverse and healthy wildlife populations cannot be overestimated.

  • The Nordic –Baltic seminar on the role of wildlife as reservoir and/or spread of infectious animal diseases in the coastal areas of countries bordering the Baltic Sea was held in Gdansk, Poland from 2–3 October 2013.

  • Seminar on the role of the wildlife as reservoir and /or spread of infectious animal diseases in the coastal areas of countries bordering the Baltic Sea