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The OIE releases a video film explaining its World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)

Paris, 17 July 2014. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is releasing its new video film presenting its World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS).

Nowadays, through the effects of globalisation, infectious diseases can often spread at lightning speed.

Early detection of these diseases at their source in animals is crucial so that they can quickly be controlled, thereby protecting animal and human populations.

In this respect, WAHIS plays a central role in the process of collecting and disseminating animal health information from around the world. Its web interface makes freely accessible the available data on animal diseases, including zoonoses, arranged by country, region, month or year. WAHIS also provides other types of information, such as animal population figures and the human and material resources of the national Veterinary Services and laboratories.

This video film will be broadcast on the OIE website, as well as on digital media in various regions of the world, in English, French, Spanish and Russian.




Additional information on WAHIS

One of the OIE’s key missions is to ensure transparency of the world animal health situation, notably by means of the OIE’s 180 Member Countries’ legal obligation to notify cases of the 116 diseases on the OIE official list, or emerging diseases, occurring in domestic or wild terrestrial or aquatic animals,. These notifications serve to improve animal health and welfare and ensure the sanitary safety of international trade without setting up unjustified sanitary barriers.

Since 2005, information on OIE-listed diseases in domestic animals and wildlife has been freely accessible to all on the World Animal Health Information System interface, WAHID.