FAO and IGAD Alert for Eastern Africa to increase Vigilance for Rift Valley Fever

RVF is an endemic vector-borne zoonotic disease that represents a threat to human, animal health and livestock in Eastern Africa region. The epidemiology of RVF is complex, making monitoring of risk and carrying out efficient and timely control measures challenging. To increase knowledge on RVF epidemiology and inform disease management policies, FAO has developed and maintains a web-based RVF Early Warning Decision Support Tool (RVF DST) for near real-time RVF forecasting based on habitat suitability modelling and environmental factors for vector amplification. To this end, FAO in partnership with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has been alerting the countries at risk through joint alert messages about the increased risk and mitigation measures. Read more

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