Journal article

Using farmer observations for animal health syndromic surveillance: Participation and performance of an online enhanced passive surveillance system.

Caitlin Pfeiffer, Mark Stevenson, Simon Firestone, John Larsen, Angus Campbell

Preventive Veterinary Medicine | Elsevier BV | Published : 2021


The challenge of animal health surveillance is to provide the information necessary to appropriately inform disease prevention and control activities within the constraints of available resources. Syndromic surveillance of farmers' disease observations can improve animal health data capture from extensive livestock farming systems, especially where data are not otherwise being systematically collected or when data on confirmed aetiological diagnoses are unavailable at the disease level. As it is rarely feasible to recruit a truly random sample of farmers to provide observational reports, directing farmer sampling to align with the surveillance objectives is a reasonable and practical approac..

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