The Nepal RealTime Training described

and on You Tube


06 Dec 2017 -
Maitland vet Kylie Greentree gets up close with foot and mouth disease in Nepal

Mount Everest didn’t figure in Kylie Greentree’s plans when she visited Nepal recently. Nor did any trekking, although she did manage to squeeze one in at the end.No, for the Rutherford vet, the highlight – and she knows this sounds weird – was to see foot and mouth disease first hand.Yep, foot and mouth disease.It is probably not as strange as it sounds because Kylie is District Vet for Hunter Local Land Services – her job is to safeguard animal herd health in the lower Hunter … everything from herd disease investigation to surveillance, welfare and emergency preparedness.Foot and mouth disease, while prevalent in many parts of the world including parts of Asia and Africa, is not a factor in Australia and that’s how she wants to keep it. That’s not to say we’re safe – FMD, as she refers to it, is incredibly contagious among animals and as a country we must remain vigilant.

04 Oct 2017 -
In depth e-learning course: Post Vaccination Monitoring - 3rd webinar

3rd webinar of the course

08 Aug 2017 -
Direct detection and characterization of foot-and-mouth disease virus in East Africa using a field-ready real-time PCR platform

Effective control and monitoring of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) relies upon rapid and accurate disease confirmation. Currently, clinical samples are usually tested in reference laboratories using standardized assays recommended by The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). However, the requirements for prompt and serotype-specific diagnosis during FMD outbreaks, and the need to establish robust laboratory testing capacity in FMD-endemic countries have motivated the development of simple diagnostic platforms to support local decision-making. Using a portable thermocycler, the T-COR™ 8, this study describes the laboratory and field evaluation of a commercially available, lyophilized pan-serotype-specific real-time RT-PCR (rRT-PCR) assay and a newly available FMD virus (FMDV) typing assay (East Africa-specific for serotypes: O, A, Southern African Territories [SAT] 1 and 2). Analytical sensitivity, diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of the pan-serotype-specific lyophilized assay were comparable to that of an OIE-recommended laboratory-based rRT-PCR (determined using a panel of 57 FMDV-positive samples and six non-FMDV vesicular disease samples for differential diagnosis). The FMDV-typing assay was able to correctly identify the serotype of 33/36 FMDV-positive samples (no cross-reactivity between serotypes was evident). Furthermore, the assays were able to accurately detect and type FMDV RNA in multiple sample types, including epithelial tissue suspensions, serum, oesophageal–pharyngeal (OP) fluid and oral swabs, both with and without the use of nucleic acid extraction. When deployed in laboratory and field settings in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, both assays reliably detected and serotyped FMDV RNA in samples (n = 144) collected from pre-clinical, clinical and clinically recovered cattle. These data support the use of field-ready rRT-PCR platforms in endemic settings for simple, highly sensitive and rapid detection and/or characterization of FMDV



24 May 2017 -
La fièvre aptheuse n’est pas une maladie du passé
Le point veterinaire

Notre confrère Jean-Luc Angot (T 82) a été réélu le 21 avril pour un nouveau mandat de deux ans à la présidence de la commission européenne de lutte contre la fièvre aphteuse (EuFMD) de l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), à l’unanimité des 38 pays membres. Il aborde les activités et les priorités de cette commission.

La France est-elle encore à risque vis-à-vis de la fièvre aphteuse ?

Le risque lié à la fièvre aphteuse est particulièrement important, notamment en raison de la proximité de la France avec les pays du Maghreb où le virus circule, mais aussi parce que les cheptels sont naïfs et seraient bien plus affectés par un éventuel passage viral. D’autre pays, comme la Libye, la Turquie et l’Iran, représentent aussi des facteurs de risque à proximité.


Quel est le rôle de la commission européenne de lutte contre la fièvre aphteuse (EuFMD) ?

La commission a été créée en 1954 à une époque où la fièvre aphteuse était endémique en Europe. Elle avait pour objectif majeur de protéger les pays au niveau des frontières.

Les 28 États membres de l’Union européenne et 10 autres pays européens (dont la Turquie) y sont aujourd’hui intégrés. La commission bénéficie de l’aide financière de ces pays (650 000 € par an) et d’une subvention européenne (2 millions d’euros par an).

15 May 2017 -
Foot-and-mouth control concerns
North Queensland

The training program, KTC 20, is funded by Department of Agriculture, WoolProducers Australia, European Union and United Nations, aimed to train people strategically placed around Australia to help identify and coordinate control of FMD, and eradicate the disease.

During the Nepal trip, attendees visited farms to identify animals with the disease, estimate when the outbreak occurred on the property and tracked the animal’s movements prior to and post contamination.“Our field work included collecting information on demographics from infected farms and neighbours, identify the number of livestock contaminated and look at cultural events as sources of introduction,” he said.

15 May 2017 -
Foot-and-Mouth Disease Real Time Training continues in Nepal

Two course on “Real-Time” foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) training were completed in Kathmandu on Friday 12 May 2017. 34 veterinarians and animal industry stakeholders from Nepal, Australia and New Zealand participated this year in the training. The international team visited active outbreaks of disease, conducted thorough outbreak investigations and interviewed local farmers in the different localities of Kathmandu and Nawalparasi districts. During the field visits, the participants went through the process of understanding the transmission patterns and impacts of this highly contagious livestock disease. The training programme has been running since 2012 and is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. So far 120 Nepalese veterinarians alongside 250 Australian and New Zealand veterinarians have been trained

12 May 2017 -
Developing a Progressive Control Pathway for African Animal Trypanosomosis
Trends in Parasitology Magazine

Progressive control pathways (PCPs) are stepwise approaches for the reduction, elimination, and eradication of human and animal diseases. They provide systematic frameworks for planning and evaluating interventions. Here we outline a PCP for tsetse-transmitted animal trypanosomosis, the scourge of poor livestock keepers in tropical Africa. Initial PCP stages focus on the establishment of national coordination structures, engagement of stakeholders, development of technical capacities, data collection and management, and pilot field interventions. The intermediate stage aims at a sustainable and economically profitable reduction of disease burden, while higher stages target elimination. The mixed-record of success and failure in past efforts against African animal trypanosomosis (AAT) makes the development of this PCP a high priority

10 Mar 2017 -
The Food & Agriculture Spotlight

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01 Feb 2017 -
Close look at foot and mouth

The last time there was a foot and mouth disease outbreak in Australia was 1872, but despite 145 years free from outbreaks, there isn’t an air of complacency surrounding the disease which has been known to devastate agricultural industries. Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources vet Hannah Delahunty recently returned from a trip to Nepal, where she attended an FMD workshop to learn about the disease first hand. The five-day trip involved visiting a Nepalese farm with an FMD outbreak, conducting biosecurity and testing training, and visiting a farm which had suffered an FMD outbreak six months prior.

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