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Information management and ante-mortem inspection procedures for the emerging diseases control: Experiences acquired in the epidemiological surveillance of bluetongue and lumpy skin disease

Alessandra Corradini, Marcello Trevisani, Geremia Dosa, Anna Padovani
  • Alessandra Corradini
    Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna, Ozzano dell’Emilia, Bologna, Italy
  • Marcello Trevisani
    Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna, Ozzano dell’Emilia, Bologna, Italy |
  • Geremia Dosa
    Complex Operative Unit of Veterinary Hygiene, Department of Public Health, Local Health Unit of Imola, Italy
  • Anna Padovani
    Collective Prevention and Public Health Service, Department of Public Health, Region Emilia Romagna, Italy


The spread of exotic, emerging and reemerging diseases, has become, in the last years, one of the most important threats to the animal productions and public health, representing a new challenge for the European Community. In a global-market framework, where trade and contacts between countries are simplified, effective and well-developed surveillance systems are necessary. Multiple factors are, in fact, associated with the emergence of new, known or exotic diseases in this new economic panorama and for these reasons controls on animal imports, traceability and timeliness detection of infected animals should be considered the basis of a sound surveillance. In this work, we focused our attention on the management of Bluetongue and on the risk of introduction of the Lumpy Skin Disease in Italy, in order to describe the national and European surveillance systems for these diseases. In particular, we underlined the crucial role of information that reach the Official Veterinarian at the slaughterhouse concerning the epidemiological situation of the sending countries. Information that are important for the management of the ante-mortem inspection and for increasing the awareness of the Veterinary Inspectors of their role in the surveillance.


Surveillance system; Emerging diseases; Ante-mortem inspection; Lumpy skin disease; Bluetongue

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Submitted: 2017-07-15 18:31:48
Published: 2018-03-31 00:00:00
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