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AFSCAN launches pan-African infectious disease surveillance program

Published: 1/2/2019

Project aims to provide novel data on the prevalence of infectious diseases across six sub-Saharan African countries... During its annual meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, on December 5, the Board of the WSAVA charitable Foundation’s African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN) Project launched a major pan-African infectious disease surveillance program. Led by Emeritus Professor Michael J Day, member of the AFSCAN and WSAVA Foundation Boards and WSAVA Honorary Treasurer, the project aims to provide novel data on the prevalence and distribution of ectoparasites and arthropod-borne infectious diseases across six sub-Saharan African countries.

Emeritus Professor Day says: “This is an exciting opportunity for the African companion animal veterinary community as there is almost no baseline knowledge about the major arthropod-borne infectious diseases in dogs and cats in Africa, some of which are zoonotic in nature.”

“This new AFSCAN project will provide disease distribution maps for Africa, giving veterinary practitioners a valuable tool for the control and prevention of these infections in their countries. We have assembled a team of exceptionally well-qualified and enthusiastic veterinary parasitologists who will undertake the sample collection and are working with a world-renowned laboratory for sample analysis.”

The project, which will run during 2019, is generously supported by Bayer Animal Health.

Read the press release here!