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Help is available on the following items: description of the animal species codes, disease occurrence codes, as well as the description and the definition of the codes for the disease preventive and control measures. In the FAQs section you can also find a list of frequently asked questions with answers.

“World Animal Health” FAQs

Do you have a question about World Animal Health? Check out our FAQs below.

FAQs
1. Where do I start?

You must select a country, a specific year and a topic of interest in the application menu in order to retrieve the information. After clicking the Search button, each topic of interest will be automatically retrieved in a separate page. In order to obtain the full content of the information, you must scroll down to keep downloading the page until the entire content displays.

2. Which information can I retrieve with the World Animal Health application?

The World Animal Health application allows you to retrieve information by year and by country on the following topics: national animal population, diseases/infections present or absent, zoonosis, veterinary personnel, national Reference Laboratories and vaccine production.

You can also retrieve information by disease and by year for all countries on the following topics: zoonosis and vaccine production.

3. What is the source of this information?

Information obtained from this application comes from validated six-monthly and annual reports sent by countries to the OIE. It is constantly being updated as information arrives throughout the year by the World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department of the OIE.

4. What do the codes mean?

You can find codes relevant to species, disease occurrence and disease control measures. All codes and their definitions used in the World Animal Health application can be found hereunder on this same page.

5. Can the information be extracted?

Retrieved information can be printed and/or extracted in Excel format. Extractions from World Animal Health may be copied, reproduced, translated, adapted or published, provided that the copyright ©World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is mentioned.

In no event will the OIE be liable for any type of damages, including consequential or incidental damages, arising out or relating to the content of this application and its use.

6. Can I select multiple years at the same time?

For the moment, World Animal Health application allows you to retrieve information only for a specific year. In the future, this application will be able to provide you with information over a specified range of time.

7. Can I select several countries at the same time?

For the moment, the World Animal Health application allows you to retrieve information only for one country at a time. In the future, this application will be able to provide you with information by region.

8. Can I select several topics of interest at the same time?

Only one topic of interest can be selected in the World Animal Health application. Each topic of interest is downloaded in a separate page.

9. How to extract animal population information in an Excel format?

Once the information is retrieved in a separate window, the Excel icon will appear in one of the corners of the page. By clicking on this icon, a pop-up message will inform you about the copyright policy of the OIE. After accepting this policy you will be allowed to proceed and extract the information in Excel format and use it as agreed on the copyright ©World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

10. Why I cannot find information for a given year for a specific country?

It can happen that for a given year and for a specific country you may not be able to retrieve any information for a specific topic.

This can occur in three situations:
      a. the report with the information has not yet been submitted to the OIE, or
      b. the report is still under the validation process at the OIE, or
      c. the report was validated but the information is not available in the country.

11. Why I cannot find information for a particular OIE-listed disease?

It can happen that for a specific year and/or a specific topic (such as diseases/infections present or absent) you will not be able to retrieve any information regarding a particular OIE-listed disease. This can occur when no information was reported regarding this specific OIE-listed disease.

If you still have a question please click here to send it to the World Animal Health support team.

This section will be regularly updated with the most common questions from users.

Aquatic animal species codes

Fish ............................ pis
Wild fish ............................ pis (wild)
Crustaceans ............................ cru
Wild crustaceans ............................ cru (wild)
Molluscs ............................ mol
Wild molluscs ............................ mol (wild)
Amphibians ............................ amp
Wild amphibians ............................ amp (wild)

Terrestrial animal species codes

DOMESTIC SPECIES
bees ............................ api
birds ............................ avi
buffaloes ............................ buf
camelidae ............................ cml
cats ............................ fel
cattle ............................ bov
cervidae ............................ cer
dogs ............................ can
equidae ............................ equ
goats ............................ cap
hares/rabbits ............................ lep
sheep ............................ ovi
sheep/goats ............................ o/c1
swine ............................ sui
WILDLIFE ............................ fau






















1 Code used when separate quantitative data was not provided for sheep and goats.

Disease preventive and control measures for aquatic animal diseases

CodeMEASURES DEFINITIONS
CrControl of wildlife reservoirs Measures to reduce the potential for wildlife to transmit the disease to farmed aquatic animals.
*Disease notification National legal obligation to report any suspected or confirmed case of the disease, or infection to the relevant Authorities.
GSuGeneral surveillance Surveillance not targeted at a specific disease or infection. Also called passive surveillance.
SpModified stamping out Application of only part of the measures described for “Stamping out” (e.g. slaughter of sick animals only).
MMonitoring Intermittent performance and analysis of routine measurements and observations, aimed at detecting changes in the environment or health status of a population.
QiMovement control inside the country Measures aimed at avoiding the spread of the disease or infection within a country/zone/compartment due to the movement of animals or their products.
VOfficial vaccination (V) A vaccination programme, excluding emergency vaccination, which is approved and supervised by the Competent Authority.
QfPrecautions at the borders Measures applied at airports, ports, railway stations or road check-points open to international movement of animal, animal products and other related commodities, where import inspections are performed to prevent introduction of the disease or infection into a country/territory or zone.
TeScreening Survey carried out within the framework of a control programme for the disease or infection for health qualification of aquaculture farms in all or part of the national territory.
SStamping out Carrying out under the supervision of the Competent Authority, on confirmation of a disease, of preventive aquatic animal health measures, consisting of killing the aquatic animals that are affected, those suspected of being affected in the population and those in other populations that have been exposed to infection by direct or indirect contact of a kind likely to cause the transmission of the pathogenic agent. All these aquatic animals, vaccinated or unvaccinated, on an infected site should be killed and the carcasses destroyed by burning or burial, or by any other method that will eliminate the spread of infection.
TSuTargeted Surveillance Surveillance targeted at a specific disease or infection. Also called active surveillance.
TTreatment Use of veterinary drugs for affected animals for the purpose of controlling and curing the infection being notified. It should be noted that this measure does not include supportive treatment.
 Vaccination in response to the outbreak(s) Total number of animals (measured in animals, tonnes or kilograms) that were vaccinated as a control measure in response to the outbreak(s). This number includes emergency, targeted and ring vaccination during the reporting period and excludes official vaccination undertaken as part of a routine vaccination programme.
VpVaccination prohibited As a general control policy, the use of a vaccine to control or prevent the disease or infection is prohibited.
ZZoning Delineation (by regulatory means) of part of a country/territory containing an animal subpopulation with a distinct health status or risk with respect to a specific disease or infection for which required surveillance, control and biosecurity measures have been applied for the purpose of international trade.

Disease preventive and control measures for terrestrial animal diseases

CodeMEASURES DEFINITIONS
CnControl of vectors Implementing measures to control insect or any living carrier that transports an infectious agent from an infected individual to a susceptible individual or its food or immediate surroundings.
CrControl of wildlife reservoirs Measures to reduce the potential for wildlife to transmit the disease to domestic animals and human beings (control of wildlife populations, vaccination of target wildlife etc.).
*Disease notification National legal obligation to report any suspected or confirmed case of the disease, infection or infestation to the relevant Authorities.
GSuGeneral surveillance Surveillance not targeted at a specific disease, infection or infestation. Also called passive surveillance.
SpModified stamping out Application of only part of the measures described for “Stamping out” (e.g. slaughter of sick animals only).
MMonitoring Intermittent performance and analysis of routine measurements and observations, aimed at detecting changes in the environment or health status of a population.
QiMovement control inside the country Measures aimed at avoiding the spread of the disease, infection or infestation within a country/zone/compartment due to the movement of animals or their products.
VOfficial vaccination Vaccination programme, excluding vaccination in response to the outbreak(s), which is approved and supervised by the Veterinary Authority.
QfPrecautions at the border Measures applied at airports, ports, railway stations or road check-points open to international movement of animal, animal products and other related commodities, where import inspections are performed to prevent introduction of the disease, infection or infestation into a country/territory or zone.
TeScreening Survey carried out within the framework of a control programme for the disease, infection or infestation for health qualification of herds/flocks in all or part of the national territory.
SStamping out Killing of the animals which are affected and those suspected of being affected in the herd and, where appropriate, those in other herds which have been exposed to infection by direct animal to animal contact, or by indirect contact with the causal pathogen. All susceptible animals, vaccinated or unvaccinated, on infected establishments should be killed and their carcasses destroyed by burning or burial, or by any other method which will eliminate the spread of infection through the carcasses or products of the animals killed.
TSuTargeted Surveillance Surveillance targeted at a specific disease, infection or infestation. Also called active surveillance.
TTreatment Use of veterinary drugs for affected animals for the purpose of controlling and curing the infection or infestation being notified. It should be noted that this measure does not include supportive treatment.
 Vaccination in response to the outbreak(s) Total number of animals (measured in heads) that were vaccinated as a preventive and control measure in response to the outbreak(s). This number includes emergency, targeted and ring vaccination during the reporting period and excludes official vaccination undertaken as part of a routine vaccination programme.
VpVaccination prohibited As a general control policy, the use of a vaccine to control or prevent the disease or infection is prohibited.
ZZoning (Z) Delineation (by regulatory means) of part of a country/territory containing an animal subpopulation with a distinct health status or risk with respect to a specific disease, infection or infestation for which required surveillance, control and biosecurity measures have been applied for the purpose of international trade.

Diseases occurrence codes for domestic and wildlife

Codes indicating disease presence in domestic species and/or in wildlife
Disease present + The disease is present with clinical signs in the whole country (in domestic species and/or wildlife)
Disease limited to one or more zones +() The disease is present with clinical signs, and limited to one or more zones/compartments (in domestic species and/or wildlife).







Codes indicating the presence of the infection or infestation in domestic species and/or in wildlife without clinical signs
Infection/infestation +? Confirmed infestation or infection using diagnostic tests, but no clinical signs observed (in domestic species and/or wildlife).
Infection/infestation limited to one or more zones +?() Confirmed infestation or infection using diagnostic tests, but no clinical signs observed and limited to one or more zones/compartments (in domestic species and/or wildlife).









Codes indicating disease, infection or infestation absence in domestic species and/or wildlife
Disease absent - The disease was absent in the country during the reporting period (in domestic species or wildlife). The date of last occurrence is the date when the disease, infection or infestation was last declared absent by the Veterinary Authority.







Other codes in domestic species and/or in wildlife
Suspected ? The presence of the disease was suspected but not confirmed (in domestic species or wildlife).
Disease suspected but not confirmed and limited to one or more zones?()The presence of the disease was suspected but not confirmed and limited to one or more zones/compartments (in domestic species or wildlife).
No informationNo information is available regarding the presence or the absence of this disease during the reporting period (in domestic species or wildlife).










Disease, infection or infestation never reported (in both domestic species and wildlife)
Never reported 0000 The disease has "never been reported" (historically absent) for the whole country in domestic species and wildlife. Important: It is not acceptable to notify the disease as “never reported” if it was previously reported in domestic species or in wildlife.

Ocurrence Code Decision Table

Countries report disease information to the OIE on a semester basis while the information retrieved on World Animal Health is on annual basis. In the case that the disease situation has change within the same year, and therefore the occurrence code reported is different between the first and the second semester, the following decision table is used to select the most accurate occurrence code that reflects the annual disease situation:


N.b:
        'N/A' : Not applicable