Systematic review of surveillance systems and methods for early detection of exotic, new and re-emerging diseases in animal populations

V. Rodríguez-Prieto, M. Vicente-Rubiano, A. Sánchez-Matamoros, C. Rubio-Guerri, M. Melero, Beatriz Martinez Lopez, M. Martínez-Avilés, L. Hoinville, T. Vergne, A. Comin, B. Schauer, F. Dórea, D. U. Pfeiffer, J. M. Sánchez-Vizcaíno

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In this globalized world, the spread of new, exotic and re-emerging diseases has become one of the most important threats to animal production and public health. This systematic review analyses conventional and novel early detection methods applied to surveillance. In all, 125 scientific documents were considered for this study. Exotic (n = 49) and re-emerging (n = 27) diseases constituted the most frequently represented health threats. In addition, the majority of studies were related to zoonoses (n = 66). The approaches found in the review could be divided in surveillance modalities, both active (n = 23) and passive (n = 5); and tools and methodologies that support surveillance activities (n = 57). Combinations of surveillance modalities and tools (n = 40) were also found. Risk-based approaches were very common (n = 60), especially in the papers describing tools and methodologies (n = 50). The main applications, benefits and limitations of each approach were extracted from the papers. This information will be very useful for informing the development of tools to facilitate the design of cost-effective surveillance strategies. Thus, the current literature review provides key information about the advantages, disadvantages, limitations and potential application of methodologies for the early detection of new, exotic and re-emerging diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2018-2042
Number of pages25
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jul 10 2015


  • Animal health
  • early detection
  • emerging diseases
  • exotic diseases
  • surveillance
  • systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology


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