During the 2nd CALLISTO cycle, the group worked closely with EAG III-EAG IV-EAG V to select the fifteen most important pathogens and perform a risk assessment. The risk assessment developed by EAG VI included zoonoses and diseases relevant to human health and food animals.

A modification of the method for priorization proposed by the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) was used to produce a final list of 15 pathogens and a clear separation was adopted between human health and economic component of the impact of the diseases. For viral, bacterial and parasitic infections and for each group of pathogens, the five diseases ranking highest as zoonoses were retained. The three list of pathogens, made by EAG III, EAG IV and EAG V, were considered separately and on this basis the risk assessment was developed.In the second cycle, EAG VI coordinated the risk assessment of factors for spread of these diseases within companion animal population or to human beings.

Read the “Strategy Report – 2nd Cycle” , chapter IV to learn more about EAG VI activities and findings for this second year of CALLISTO research.