The DECIDE project: from surveillance data to decision-support for farmers and veterinarians

Gerdien van Schaik*, Miel Hostens, Céline Faverjon, Dan B. Jensen, Anders R. Kristensen, Pauline Ezanno, Jenny Frössling, Fernanda Dórea, Britt-Bang Jensen, Luis Pedro Carmo, Wilma Steeneveld, Jonathan Rushton, William Gilbert, Angela Bearth, Michael Siegrist, Jasmeet Kaler, Johannes Ripperger, Jamuna Siehler, Sjaak de Wit, Beatriz Garcia-MoranteJoaquim Segalés, Bart Pardon, Jade Bokma, Mirjam Nielen

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Farmers, veterinarians and other animal health managers in the livestock sector are currently missing sufficient information on prevalence and burden of contagious endemic animal diseases. They need adequate tools for risk assessment and prioritization of control measures for these diseases. The DECIDE project develops data-driven decision-support tools, which present (i) robust and early signals of disease emergence and options for diagnostic confirmation; and (ii) options for controlling the disease along with their implications in terms of disease spread, economic burden and animal welfare. DECIDE focuses on respiratory and gastro-intestinal syndromes in the three most important terrestrial livestock species (pigs, poultry, cattle) and on reduced growth and mortality in two of the most important aquaculture species (salmon and trout). For each of these, we (i) identify the stakeholder needs; (ii) determine the burden of disease and costs of control measures; (iii) develop data sharing frameworks based on federated data access and meta-information sharing; (iv) build multivariate and multi-level models for creating early warning systems; and (v) rank interventions based on multiple criteria. Together, all of this forms decision-support tools to be integrated in existing farm management systems wherever possible and to be evaluated in several pilot implementations in farms across Europe. The results of DECIDE lead to improved use of surveillance data and evidence-based decisions on disease control. Improved disease control is essential for a sustainable food chain in Europe with increased animal health and welfare and that protects human health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalOpen Research Europe
Issue number82
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2023


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