figure 7.2 The animal health event screen from a dairy farm management software system (MISTRO Farm for Windows 4.0, Gippsland Herd Improvement, Victoria, Australia; www.gippslandhi.coop).
and aquariums. There are more than 6,000 professionals, businesses, and related organizations who are members of AZA.
The CDC provides a site for animal diseases called "Healthy Pets Healthy People'' (http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/ index.htm). The site contains links to reports on zoonotic diseases and recent publications on zoonotic diseases for health professionals. Although this is not a database of events, it is a repository of summary information in the form of reports, publications, and other information related to zoonotic diseases.
The OIE wildlife working group, WCS, and USGS are currently looking at information sharing by using Web-based platforms and standards. Integration across species and organization is developing. Integration of data management systems is occurring and includes the ZIMS and Australian electronic Wildlife Health Information System (eWHIS) that is under development by the Australian Wildlife Health Network (AWHN) and the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre database. Globally, all wildlife organizations have similar data collection, storage, access, and analytical needs; therefore, more uniform solutions may apply. The need for centralization and sharing of data is more obvious and accepted within the many organizations that conduct work with wildlife around the world. However, some technical issues are not resolved on subjects such as taxonomy, diagnoses, coding systems, data sharing, and integration with production animal databases.
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