Epidemiology

The Section for Epidemiology develops models for effective surveillance and control of diseases in livestock, aquaculture, and wildlife. Antibiotic consumption and vectors such as mosquitoes and midges have special focus.

Epidemiology plays a significant role in the prevention, control, and fight against infectious animal diseases in Denmark. Trade with live animals, raw materials and food on a global scale significantly increases the risk of introduction and spread of infectious animal diseases in Denmark.

The epidemiological research at the National Veterinary Institute aims at developing methods to effectively monitor and fight animal diseases, including those affecting fish from aquaculture and in the wild.

Globalization of diseases

A cocktail of climate and environmental changes together with an ever increasing globalization has led to epidemics amongst animals, for example Bluetongue in Europe, and numerous animal-to-human transmissions of diseases, for example West Nile Virus in North America. 

Hence, it is crucial to do research in theoretical models of spread of infectious disease, while also assessing the probable effects of various control strategies for prevention of diseases. By default, it is better for the individual animal or human to prevent diseases rather than to treat for them.

The section also hosts the International Research Institute for Veterinary Epidemiology, EpiLab.

Head of Section, Professor

Nils Toft
Professor
DTU Vet
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