Rassegna Stampa

06 aprile 2020

Veterinary Laboratory Support to the Public Health Response for COVID-19

Fonte: Oie

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented pressure on Public Health services world-wide. A multidisciplinary collaborative approach is required to minimise the impact of this rapidly spreading virus. Veterinary Services can support Public Health services to meet the extraordinary surge in demand for diagnostic testing of human samples for SARS-CoV-2 by making available appropriately equipped and competent veterinary laboratories. In some countries human laboratory diagnostic services are at maximum capacity and, as an alternative, veterinary laboratories are being asked to provide support. Veterinary laboratories are well positioned because they have experience in quality assurance, biosafety and biosecurity, and high throughput testing for the surveillance and control of infectious diseases in animals, some of which are zoonotic. Additionally, Veterinary Services can provide expertise in the fields of epidemiology, risk assessment, training and risk communication.