EWDA Network

EWDA Network

The EWDA Wildlife Health Network

The EWDA wildlife health network was initiated in October 2009 at an EWDA meeting in Brussels, Belgium, attended by representatives from 25 countries. The long-term goals of this network are to improve exchange of information among wildlife health surveillance programmes in Europe; develop standard operating procedures for diagnostic investigation;
develop common criteria for diagnosis of wildlife disease; share specialist expertise; and provide training opportunities for wildlife health surveillance.

Cick here to read the summary of data presented at the Inaugural meeting.

One of the first initiatives is an “EWDA wildlife health network” website that set up within Google groups. This website allows members to share information and exchange views on wildlife disease issues. So far, discussions have included distemper in carnivores, salmonellosis in garden birds, and Q-fever in wildlife. EWDA members who are involved in or want to start up a wildlife disease surveillance scheme in Europe may apply for membership of this EWDA network by visiting the website:

One of the goals of the EWDA wildlife health network is to produce “diagnosis cards” (fact sheets with emphasis on diagnosis of diseases in wildlife) and “species cards” (fact sheets with emphasis on methods for abundance estimation of wild hosts).

Committee members of the EWDA Network for wildlife health surveillance in Europe:

  • Prof. Thijs Kuiken (chair), Department of Virology, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • PD Dr. Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis, Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health FIWI, Vetsuisse    Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Dr. Becki Lawson (ZSL, UK)
  • Dr. Jorge Ramón López Olvera (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Dr. Paul Tavernier, WILDPAD,  St-Lievens-Houtem, Belgium
  • Dr. Antonio Lavazza (IZSLER, Italy)


For general questions related to the Network, please contact t.kuiken@erasmusmc.nl.