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The use of a Web-based interactive Geographical Information System for the surveillance of bluetongue in Italy

Author(s) : A. Conte, P. Colangeli, C. Ippoliti

Summary :

Since 2000 Italy has experienced five epidemics of bluetongue, an arthropodborne disease that affects primarily sheep and asymptomatically cattle, goats and wildlife ruminants. In four years the disease spread through Southern and Central Italy, involving 14 Italian regions out of 20. To control the disease, the Ministry of Health established a surveillance system that included clinical, entomological and serological surveillance elements. The National Reference Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology – Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise ‘G. Caporale’ – developed a Web-based National Information System (NIS) and a Geographical Information System (GIS) to collect and manage data from Veterinary Services across Italy. The system was designed to gather and spread information in order to support the management of control activities and to provide an early warning system. Surveillance data are displayed to the user in different ways: reports, tables and interactive maps.

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