Wildlife and Infectious Animal Diseases

The Proceedings of a Nordic –Baltic 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 2 – 3 October 2013, Gdansk, Poland

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Many infectious diseases of domestic animals and humans have reservoirs in wild animals. One of these diseases is rabies which worldwide causes more than 55,000 deaths pr. year. Climatic changes, human population growth, certain livestock production systems and continued globalization enhance the interface between wildlife, domestic animals and man. The wildlife component of this triad has received inadequate attention in the past to effectively protect man, livestock, poultry and pet animals. The seminar held in Gdansk, Poland 2–3 October 2013 highlighted how the wildlife has high economic, ecological, social and cultural value for the coastal areas bordering the Baltic Sea and how it contributes to recreation. Nevertheless, the wildlife plays also an important role in the spread of infectious diseases and thereby the need for focus on disease surveillance and control measures.



Opening session

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.


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