The international early warning system for animal disease outbreaks is scheduled for a full overhaul within 1 year, a change the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE, for Office International des Epizooties) will discuss this week.
The OIE now divides diseases into List A and List B. List A includes foot and mouth disease, while List B includes diseases such as anthrax or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
"The intention was to give a degree of urgency to List A diseases, because of their rapid spread and significant economic importance. Countries had to report an occurrence on those diseases very rapidly. List B were either less important economically or had slower degrees of spread," Alex Thiermann, president of the OIE code commission responsible for setting animal health standards, told