03 Feb 2016 -
France Donates Vaccine To FMD

Government of France has made a donation of 100,000 dozens of food-and-mouth disease vaccine to Nepal government’s Department of Livestock. As food-and-mouth disease is one of the major disease killing cattle in Nepal, the donation provided by Government of France has significant importance.“The vaccine will be used as part of Nepal’s ongoing campaign to control foot-and-mouth disease and will be particularly valuable in those districts severely affected by recent earthquakes,” said Deputy Director General of Department of Livestock.During the ceremony, representatives from Food and Agriculture Association (FAO) were also present. “Out of 100,000 doses, we have already administered over 90,000 doses,” said the doctors.The donation of vaccine was organized through the European Commission for the Control of Foot and Mouth Disease (EUFMD), UN Food and Agriculture Organization of which France is a member state. The FAO Regional Support Unit of the Emergency Center for Trans-boundary Animal Disease based in Kathmandu provided vital local facilitation.


18 Jan 2016 -
El MAGRAMA organiza un curso sobre prevención de Fiebre Aftosa en marzo

La Subdirección General de Higiene Animal y Trazabilidad de MAGRAMA va a celebrar un curso sobre prevención de la Fiebre Aftosa, con el objetivo de formar a veterinarios y concienciar al sector sobre esta enfermedad, de la que se han detectado varios focos en Marruecos en los últimos meses. Este curso será online y está previsto que comience el 1 de marzo de 2016. Las plazas serán limitadas e irá dirigido a veterinarios de campo de los sectores porcino, vacuno de leche, vacuno de carne, ovino y caprino.

Los participantes deberán estar seleccionados antes de finales de enero. En dicha selección de los veterinarios se priorizará que se cubran todas las zonas de producción de importancia y que se tenga en cuenta en la medida de lo posible el riesgo de ciertas zonas (cercanía al Sur, densidad animal, volumen de movimientos, etc.).

30 Dec 2015 -
Drones set to give global farming a makeover
The guardian

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation is researching how drones might be used in these situations, as part of training vets on how to deal with foot and mouth disease (FMD).“FMD tends to be a problem in the dairy sector, which is important in smallholder settings in countries such as Kenya and Nepal, and there are a whole variety of diseases that affect cattle and other small ruminants,” says Keith Sumption, executive secretary at the FAO’s European commission for the control of FMD.

He says: “There’s often extremely limited data available on the number of animals within a few kilometres, and one of the first questions in disease control operations is how many animals there are within 3km that need to be checked. With a drone in the sky for half an hour, you can probably say exactly where groups of animals are.”

27 Nov 2015 -
Mul- och klövsjuka i Europas närområde oroar

FAO European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-mouth disease, the EUFMD, warns Europe's chief veterinary officers of the alarming developments in foot-and-mouth disease in the immediate vicinity of Europe. EUFMD highlights three events that illustrate the complex situation. Foot and mouth disease is a dreaded and extremely contagious viral disease. It is characterized by painful blistering of the mouth ulcers, mouth boundary, and between the hooves of hoofed animals. The virus is found throughout the body of infected animals and is spread via respiratory, mucus and milk. The virus can also be spread airborne over several kilometers, as well as via meat and other animal products. The disease occurs in much of the world and controlled in endemic areas through vaccination. Foot-and-mouth disease virus are, however, in seven different types, so-called serotypes (O, A, C, ASIA 1, SAT 1, SAT2 and SAT3), between which the protective cross-immunity does not exist. Additionally, a large number of subtypes, known as topotypes, complicating both the vaccination program diagnostics. Foot and mouth disease does not occur today in Europe and the preventive use of vaccines is prohibited. The last major outbreak in the EU was in 2001. Then hit primarily in the UK with a total of 2,030 infected herds and over four million animals destroyed. The direct cost of the outbreak was estimated at three billion pounds.In recent years, the foot-and-mouth disease development in the immediate vicinity of Europe (mainly North Africa and Turkey), however, been alarming, with the outbreak of several topotypes and a non-negligible risk of spreading to southern Europe. The three events that are raised by the EUFMD deemed to have further worsened the situation. (...)


24 Aug 2015 -
Biosecurity spotlight

Flock biosecurity is at the forefront of Gippsland Merino breeders minds, which prevents the spreading of pest and disease and protects clients' property from costly infection.

The upside to this strong focus on biosecurity is a reputation as progressive leaders in producing healthy, resilient stock.

In the past year, Steve Harrison Bindawarra Merino Stud, Giffard has undertaken an international training course on foot and mouth disease, in Nepal, and seen firsthand issues of wool contamination at processors in China.

24 Aug 2015 -


From the Animal Production and Health Division e-newsletter 121 (20 July):
Building veterinary laboratory capacity in Africa: THE VETLAB NETWORK
Empowering women in Afghanistan - Reducing gender gaps through Integrated Dairy Schemes
FAO commits regional efforts to control cross-border livestock diseases in South Sudan and Uganda


From the Animal Production and Health Division e-newsletter 120 (6 July):
Game of Drones: the advent of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) brings new possibilities in disease control and surveillance activities on neighbouring farms

26 Jun 2015 -
Bulgaria undertakes animal disease outbreak simulation

Simulation exercise on Foot-and-Mouth disease, being conducted in Balkan countries.

A group of 60 people – veterinarians, animal health experts, and animal health service staff – continue their exercise at the farm, rapidly and thoroughly executing the required coordinated actions to manage a case of Foot-and-Mouth disease. They are in the midst of a two-day simulation exercise, within a full-scale training series organized by the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD), whose secretariat is based at FAO headquarters in Rome, with the assistance of the Danish Emergency Management Agency and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

This is part of an EU-supported effort to help the Balkan countries bolster their capacities for responding to a possible outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth disease, one of the most contagious animal diseases and one with severe economic consequences. Although Western Europe is officially virus-free, the disease still persists in the surrounding area (Southern Mediterranean, Middle East, parts of Eastern Europe).

12 Jun 2015 -
Oamaru vet tells of foot-and-mouth disease in Nepal

 Oamaru veterinarian Ivan Holloway spoke to a crowd of more than 150 people in Queenstown last week about his experiences with foot-and-mouth disease in Nepal.Mr Holloway spoke to a group of New Zealand Veterinarian Association Sheep, Beef and Deer conference delegates last Thursday.He discussed the trip in which they visited an outbreak site where buffalo, cattle and goats all exhibited symptoms of the disease.Mr Holloway said the talk went very well and helped to keep awareness the threat of foot-and-mouth disease."It was a good turnout of veterinarians."Travellers returning from overseas needed to keep the disease in mind and declare whether they had been in rural areas where the disease might have been be present.An extra 30 minutes at the airport was better than having the disease come into the country, he said.The trip to Nepal was held to ensure that New Zealand veterinarians were well-prepared for an emergency in New Zealand."The risks of an outbreak in our country are very real, and potentially extraordinarily costly."It had been a great opportunity and he had done a number of presentations on it since his return, Mr Holloway said."It's important to have that network of people who know about the disease."If foot-and-mouth disease came to New Zealand it would have a major economic, environmental and psychological impact, he said."Most New Zealand veterinarians have little first-hand experience with the disease, yet it is one of the most significant animal disease threats to the New Zealand livestock industry, with the Ministry for Primary Industries estimating losses of $5.8 billion for a small outbreak to more than $14 billion for a large outbreak." While the Western world is largely free of foot-and-mouth disease, it continues to be endemic throughout Asia; risks of an outbreak in our country are very real, and potentially extraordinarily costly."


13 May 2015 -
Randomised field trial to evaluate serological response after foot-and-mouth disease vaccination in Turkey
Science Direct; Emergence

Vaccination programmes do not always achieve the expected, and hoped-for, results. Although the blame is often placed on the vaccine, in fact there are a large number of reasons why programmes may appear not to work. In Anatolian Turkey FMD has remained uncontrolled despite years of mass vaccination. There are a number of possible reasons behind this, and the evaluation of serological responses can aid our understanding of these further.

13 May 2015 -
Impact of foot-and-mouth disease on milk production on a large-scale dairy farm in Kenya
Science Direct


Impact of foot-and-mouth disease on milk yield on a Kenyan cattle farm was evaluated.

Overall mean yields deceased from 20 to 13 kg/cow/day, recovering 2 months later.

No difference in milk yield was seen between reported cases and non-cases.
Comparisons with predicted yields that were based on historic herd data.
Cows ≥2nd parity and 0–50 days in milk produced significantly less than predicted.
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A vet back from the training course in Nepal describes the course.

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