Data sources on animal diseases: Country Card of Portugal
Mapping the ‘data sources’ on animal diseases in each European Union (EU) Member State is one of the activities of EFSA's SIGMA1,2 project. The aim of this activity is to identify the central competent authorities responsible for managing the data on animal diseases and animal populations in each Member State. Initially EFSA is focusing on three diseases (on which EFSA is currently working): African swine fever, avian influenza and lumpy skin disease; and on the corresponding affected animal populations: swine, poultry and bovines, respectively. This technical report presents the results of the implementation of the above activity for Portugal and provides information on the authorities which constitute the data sources on animal diseases within the country. It includes also the ‘Country Card’ which depicts the central competent authorities responsible for the data on animal diseases (data on outbreaks, surveillance activities and laboratory results) and on animal populations (bovines, swine, poultry) in Portugal. It has been generated based on the replies submitted by Portugal via the EUSurvey questionnaire and on the clarifications provided subsequently. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development is the central source of data related to animal diseases and to animal populations in Portugal. Within the Ministry, different Directorates and Departments are involved with different types of data.