Improving Animal Health Data Collection through the OIE’s Renovated System WAHIS+

WAHIS, the OIE's World Animal Health Information System is being renovated to meet new sanitary challenges and to be prepared to future demands. The new tool WAHIS+ will be complete with new technological features in order to improve the collection and dissemination of data on animal diseases. [Source: OIE Press Release, May 25, 2017]

One of the OIE's key missions is to ensure transparency in the global animal disease situation. The World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) allows access to reliable and validated animal health information in order to control transboundary animal diseases effectively. This system ensures the early detection of emerging diseases, contributes to protect public health and global livelihoods, and plays a significant role in facilitating safe trade.

WAHIS+ will be an evolving tool, thanks to an ambitious project launched by the OIE to develop an improved system with increased functions and a stronger reporting network. In the coming years WAHIS+ will improve the collection and the dissemination of data on animal diseases of epidemiological significance, in both domestic species and wildlife.

In addition, the Organisation announced today the launch of a new e-learning platform on WAHIS dedicated to its Members, and in particular to national Focal Points for notification. Developed in collaboration with the Iowa State University, and with the financial support of the European Union, this interactive and pedagogic platform will provide users with an easy access to updated training material on WAHIS and animal disease notification.

Over the years, WAHIS has run big numbers. Almost 1,500 notifications and follow-up reports were received in 2016. The reporting system includes a global network of over 200 countries that report data on 116 high impact OIE-listed animal diseases and emerging animal diseases, and 34 zoonoses including anthrax, Rift Valley fever, rabies and highly pathogenic avian influenza. In addition, 16,000 subscribers receive WAHIS alerts and 80,000 visitors consult the WAHIS interface each month.