12 Sep 2016 - 09 Sep 2016
Maladie animale : Les experts africains en santé animale à Lomé pour court-circuiter le virus de la fièvre aphteuse
Lomé, Togo

Il se tient à Lomé depuis ce mercredi, la 1er réunion sur la feuille de route pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Ouverte par le représentant du ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’élevage et de l’hydraulique, Dr Batawui Daniel, en présence de Représentant par intérim de la FAO, Léonidas Hitimanaet des experts en santé animale d’Afrique et de l’occident, cette rencontre va durer deux jours. 

Organisée sous l’égide du Programme mondiale pour le contrôle progressif des maladies animales transfrontalières (GF-TADS), en collaboration avec le Département de l’Agriculture des Etats-Unis, Service d’inspection phytosanitaire et de santé animale (USDA-APHIS) de Dakar et le support technique de la commission, européenne de lutte contre la fièvre aphteuse (EuFMD), cette réunion première de ce genre en Afrique de l’Ouest veut offrir une formation sur les principales causes la mise en place du processus PCP, évaluer le statut de contrôle de la fièvre aphteuse dans les pays d’Afrique de l’ouest, planifier une feuille de route pour contrôler cette maladie dans la sous-région entre 2016 et 2025, en utilisant le processus PCP, partager l’information sur la circulation du virus de la maladie dans la région dans le but d’aider à planifier les mesures de contrôle.

12 Sep 2016 -
Emily at the forefront of preparedness

Emily Glass now plays a vital role in biosecurity surveillance and emergency preparedness, protecting the State's agricultural industry.

The 31-year-old veterinarian works for the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) and develops important biosecurity surveillance policies around poultry and livestock markets, as well as public health.

"A lot of work I do is to prevent imported disease basically to ensure the health and welfare of poultry and the representation of livestock from Western Australia," Emily said.

As part of her surveillance and emergency preparedness role, she recently joined a group of Australian veterinarians and animal health technicians at a foot-and-mouth training course in Nepal, run by the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) and organised by the federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

05 Aug 2016 -
Simulation exercise Georgia

News article concerning the simulation exercise organized by the EuFMD in Georgia

28 Jun 2016 -
Viral news
New Zealand

Nepal visit gives Kiwi vets expertise to diagnose FMD A third group of Kiwi vets has seen the considerable impact FMD has on family farms in Nepal. It’s an experience which will prove essential if New Zealand ever faces an outbreak. Eleven Kiwi and one Australian vet - a mix of general practitioners, MPI and industry representatives, visited FMD-infected farms in the fertile Kathmandu Valley in May. Veterinarian Eve Pleydell, one of MPI’s Major Incident Management Team, co-ordinated the trip. She says seeing and diagnosing the actual disease will enable vets to quickly spot the signs of FMD if it did ever get into New Zealand. “MPI does as much as it can to prevent disease crossing our border, but we also need a passive surveillance system that relies on people round the country reporting suspect FMD cases as soon as they occur. It’s much easier to recognise FMD if you’ve actually seen it in the field. If we ever have an incursion and we are able to detect it within a few days it is more likely that the outbreak will be of shorter duration and less severity. Rapid detection and reporting would limit the number of people who would be directly affected, the number of animals that would have to be culled and the disruption to the New Zealand economy and way of life.”

08 Jun 2016 -
Meeting on Establishment of Sub-Regional Approach to Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Other Highly Dangerous Diseases in Transcaucasia Countries

During the 84th OIE General Session and under the umbrella of EuFMD, OIE, FAO and GF-TADs a meeting for the establishment of sub-regional approach to the control of FMD and other highly dangerous diseases in the Transcaucasia countries was held on May 25, 2016. Representatives of the Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Iran and European Commission participated in the meeting.The countries presented their views and opinions during the discussion of possible implementation of such sub-regional approach.Given the size of Russia, Turkey and Iran regions where the approach will be used were determined. In Russia they will include regions of Southern and North-Caucasian Federal Districts, in Turkey – provinces of Eastern Anatolia and northern regions in Iran. List of the most topical animal diseases was made that included FMD, peste-des-petits ruminants, lumpy skin disease, sheep and goat pox and African swine fever. In view of the fact that FMD endemic countries notify OIE and neighboring countries of the actual epidemic situation only twice a year representatives of a number of countries proposed to establish a regional disease notification system involving essential monthly notification of the epidemic situation changes. 

27 May 2016 -
Vet gains valuable insight

I recently attended in Nepal a training course. I  had flown halfway across the world with 10 other Australian vets and livestock workers to a country where foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is endemic, and we were all going to see it for the first time – the veterinary equivalent of meeting someone famous. While our main aim for being there was to help prepare Australia for the future by training with real cases of FMD, we also had to make sure we didn’t spread this highly infectious virus to any other farms in Nepal and, especially, bring it back home. 

Australia has been free of FMD since 1872, and any outbreak here would have significant impacts. 

17 May 2016 -
Australian veterinarians travel to Nepal for foot and mouth training

Training Australian veterinarians to fight a disease can be hard when the disease is not readily to hand.  Australia relies on being free of foot and mouth disease for market access, but it does make it hard to train animal health officers in how to manage the disease. Training Australian veterinarians to fight a disease can be hard when the disease is not readily to hand. Australia relies on being free of foot and mouth disease for market access, but it does make it hard to train animal health officers in how to manage the disease. Australia is free of foot and mouth and, as an island, has a unique ability to keep that status by maintaining strict biosecurity practices. Ensuring the future of Australian farms and export markets is partly about excluding diseases like foot and mouth, and partly about being ready to deal with possible incursions. Australian animal disease management authorities send animal health officers to Nepal, where the disease is endemic, to give face-to-face experience in handling the disease.

02 May 2016 -
Seroprevalence of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Susceptible Wildlife in Israel
Journal: Frontiers in Veterinary Science.

Article from Journal: Frontiers in Veterinary Science.

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) epidemics recur in Israel almost every year. Wild even-toed ungulates are seldom affected during these epidemics. The seroprevalence of FMD in wild ungulates during 2000 and 2005–2013 was estimated using anti-non-structural proteins ELISA. Overall, 209 samples were tested, comprising sera of 120 wild boar (Sus scrofa lybicus), 64 mountain gazelles (Gazella gazella gazella), 6 water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis), and 19 Persian fallow deer (Dama dama mesopotamica). None of the tested animals presented clinical signs of FMD during blood collection. Sixteen samples [7.7% (95% confidence interval (CI95%) = 4.4–12.1%)] were found to be seropositive.

29 Apr 2016 -
Practical Training Held on Wild Boar Management

BULGARIA - The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth disease (EuFMD) recently implemented a practical training workshop in Bulgaria on the management of outbreaks in which wildlife is involved.

30 Mar 2016 -
Southlanders go to Nepal to study foot and mouth disease

Riversdale's Northern Southland Vets Michael Baer has been to Nepal for a foot and mouth disease course. The red countries on the map show areas with infection and yellow has sparse infection. A group of southern veterinarians have first-hand experience of dealing with foot and mouth disease after a trip to Nepal.

The European Commission for the control of the disease runs training courses for Australasian animal health professionals to deal with foot and mouth disease in affected countries. Northern Southland Vets veterinarian Michael Baer, along with DairyNZ veterinarian Anna Irwin and Silver Fern Farms Finegand employee Sandra Willis went on the week-long trip to Nepal in December. During their week in Nepal the team did classroom training as well as visiting properties and looking at cases of ageing lesions on animals, taking samples and ensuring on-farm biosecurity. New Zealand is free of foot and mouth disease, but it has been estimated by industry groups that an outbreak could cost the country billions of dollars in livestock being put down and from lost trade and productivity. The vets are expected to pass on the knowledge they gained from their Nepal training to farmers and other primary industry people.

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A vet back from the training course in Nepal describes the course.

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