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Join the Community for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases to Support Canada’s Animal Early Warning Capabilities

March 7, 2017

The Community for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (CEZD) is a virtual network that integrates today’s automated information-mining tools with a human-based multidisciplinary analytical capability. The automated technology collects and filters disease signals, and the expertise from within the community analyzes and disseminates intelligence information related to zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases from both open and traditional information sources. 

Why was CEZD developed?

This virtual network was developed to support Canada’s animal early warning, preparedness and response capabilities needs regarding emerging and zoonotic diseases. Through the gathering of information, generation and distribution of timely intelligence reports, Canada is now better able to anticipate, manage, and mitigate pending disease threats on its society, economy, environment, and animal resources.

CEZD would like your participation

All partner and stakeholder members of the animal, public and environmental health communities are encouraged to participate, be involved in the implementation of this virtual network and benefit from its early warning capabilities. Various community of practice participants with agricultural, public and environmental health related qualifications and/or expertise are invited to participate as CEZD analysts in order to deliver on its multi-disciplinary analytical capability. 

  • Read a summary of CEZD, its benefits and information on how to join the community here (PDF).
  • Download the CEZD poster that describes the purpose and process followed by the community for emerging and zoonotic disease here.

CEZD is a network group within the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System (CAHSS), which is an initiative of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFAHWC), with broad based collaborative support of industry and governments. It has been designed to fill the need for strengthened animal health surveillance in Canada, as identified in the NFAHWC's report, "Surveillance in a Time of Transition in Farmed Animal Health."