Climate change meeting 2010

Climate Change and Impact on Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases in the North: A strategy to monitor change in disease prevalence.

Danish Polar Centre, Copenhagen September 23-24, 2010

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The objectives of this meeting will be to 1) review the state of knowledge of zoonotic and parasitic infections that impact the health of peoples of the North, 2) explore the potential impact on climate change on the distribution and prevalence of disease 3) identify those diseases of concern which require additional evaluation, research, monitoring and intervention, 4) develop a strategy to monitoring those diseases have the potential to spread in a warming Arctic.

Agenda

Thursday September 23

10:00 Introductions

10:15 Overview: Climate Change and Infectious Diseases in the North. Alan Parkinson

11:00 Report from a meeting on Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases in Alaska. Jim Berner

11:30 State of knowledge zoonotic and parasitic infections of concern: Impact of Climate Change

  • Pumuulavirus. Magnus Evander
  • Francella tularensis. Anders Sjostedt
  • Tick-borne encephalitis. Birgitta Evengard

12:30 Lunch

1:30 State of knowledge zoonotic and parasitic infections of concern: Impact of Climate Change (cont)

  • Echinococcus. Eskild Petersen
  • Q fever. Eskild Petersen
  • Toxoplasma. Babill Stray-Petersen
  • Brucella. Jacques Godfroid
  • Borrelliosis (Lyme Disease). Birgitta Evengard

2:50 Break

3:00 New surveillance methods (population based, indicator populations or species).

  • ICS. Alan Parkinson
  • Pregnant Women as an indicator group. Jon Oyvind Odland
  • Qualitative Assessments. Maria Furberg
  • Serosurveys. Alan Parkinson
  • Arctic Network (ArNe). Birgitta Evengard
  • PROMIS. Barbara Schumann
  • ECDC. Jan Semenza

5:00 Adjourn for the day

7:00 Dinner

Friday September 24

9:00 Discussion on the development of a strategy to monitor the spread of diseases of concern.

  1. What are the main pathogens of concern?
  2. For these pathogens what are the gaps in research, monitoring, intervention?
  3. How can we address these gaps?
  4. Who would be responsible for addressing these gaps?
  5. How do we maintain or enhance coordination/cooperation  between responsible agencies/organizations?

Discussion  on the formation of an ICS Climate Change and Infectious Disease working group.

12:00  Adjourn

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