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Disease preparedness

One of SVA’s main tasks is to carry out risk assessments and to provide other authorities and organisations with relevant information and expert advice on questions related to disease outbreak preparedness, control and surveillance of animal diseases and zoonoses.

SVA experts are continuously involved in national and international disease preparedness.
SVA experts are continuously involved in national and international disease preparedness. Photo: Linda Svensson/SVA

In order to reduce knowledge gaps in these areas, SVA has a close collaboration with national and international research groups and also leads and performs self mandated research within the field.

Strategies, modellling and other factors

This research includes: comparison of test strategies, disease spread modelling, studies on biosecurity and disease control, analysis of potential transmission routes, demonstration of disease freedom, risk factor studies and improved methods for the design and evaluation of disease surveillance systems. In addition, alarm systems for the early detection of changes in disease occurrence, and the use of routinely collected data for the analysis of trends in disease occurrence, are being investigated. The design of surveillance and eradication strategies must consider the survival of infectious agents in the environment. Some research projects therefore focus on the potential spread of infections through soil or water, or from wildlife reservoirs and vectors.

Improved tools and advice

SVA directs much of its research focus to the understanding of disease transmission, the most efficient measures to prevent spread of infections and the most efficient surveillance activities and prioritisation of such activities. The results from this research lead to improved tools and advice – both in the continuous disease surveillance and in the event of emerging disease outbreaks. In this way, SVA’s research on disease preparedness contributes to an increased ability to protect the animal populations from diseases, and to protect people from the potential impacts of these diseases.

Contact us

Disease surveillance systems

Karl Ståhl, state epizootiologist

Jenny Frössling, epidemiologist 

Preventive measures and disease control

Karin Persson Waller, state veterinarian

Jenny Frössling, epidemiologist

Disease transmission through the environment and nature

Ann Albihn, associate professor

Josefine Elving, researcher

Antagonistic threats and crisis management

Rickard Knutsson, director of security department

Last updated : 2020-01-13