29 May 2013
Foot-and-mouth disease: why control is key to economic growth
The Guardian

The modern day silk roads of central and west Asia carry a much wider diversity of goods than in the days of Marco Polo. But one thing remains the same: the importance of the trade in live animals that flows from the less developed regions – and the epidemic waves of animal disease that follows. Especially, the foot-and-mouth disease, which occurs every year and usually spreads from east to west.

In 2010, FMD reached as far as Bulgaria; other recent outbreaks made it to Israel, Libya and Egypt. Although certain countries appear most important as the primary source, at least 14 countries in west Eurasia are affected regularly. Within these virus ecosystems, half-applied control measures may spur drug-resistance and vaccine failures.

15 Feb 2013
Training in Nepal for North West vet

North West Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) District Vet Libby Guest recently travelled to Nepal to participate in foot and mouth disease (FMD) training. The training was designed to help key Australians recognise, report and investigate FMD, thereby strengthening Australia’s early warning and response capacity. Libby was able to see FMD lesions in cattle and goats on farms near Kathmandu and assist Nepalese livestock officers in controlling the outbreak.

13 Feb 2013
Nepal visit boosts FMD preparedness

SEVEN veterinarians from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries have visited Nepal recently – returning with more than memories of a cultural experience.

They also completed foot and mouth disease training, experiencing the impacts of the disease and advising on potential control measures

13 Feb 2013 - 19 Feb 2013
Hands-on foot and mouth disease training in Nepal

Victoria is better equipped to identify and respond to a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak after Department of Primary Industries (DPI) animal health staff completed FMD training in Southern Asia. Seven DPI vets recently returned from the training in Nepal and seven more vets and animal health officers are expected to be involved in similar training this year.DPI Disease Surveillance Project Manager Paul Beltz said his training in Nepal provided him and fellow vets Robert Suter and John Ryan with key tools for FMD diagnosis.

05 Feb 2013
Vets upskill to combat FMD risk

New England veterinarian Andrew Biddle recently travelled to Nepal to participate in training in Foot and Mouth Disease measures which could benefit the livestock industry should an outbreak ever occur in Australia. He was one of five District Livestock Health and Pest Authority vets from across NSW selected to participate in the training, which was funded by the Federal Department of Agriculture (DAFF) and allowed participants to gain practical real-time experience in FMD issues.

21 Dec 2012
FMD preparedness boost for WA

We've been hearing a lot about exotic cattle diseases over the past week with almost 300 bulls in the Kimberley being traced from a Queensland stud infected with the wasting disease bovine Johnes.But how would WA cope if other exotic diseases - such as foot-and-mouth was to enter the state as well?Australia is currently free of FMD but many other countries, such as Nepal aren't. And that's why ten Australian veterinarians and industry representatives recently spent a week in the Asian nation. Dr Jenny Cotter from the Department of Agriculture and food is one of the vets who's just returned to Australia, and she went along to help increase WA's emergency preparedness.

20 Dec 2012
Nepalese training visit increases FMD emergency preparedness capacity

Western Australia’s surveillance capacity and preparedness for an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been strengthened by a recent training visit to Nepal.Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia district veterinary officer Jenny Cotter spent five days in Nepal with nine other Australian veterinarians and industry representatives looking for, sampling and testing cattle and goats affected by FMD. This training opportunity was provided through a joint arrangement between the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).

19 Nov 2012 - 22 Feb 2013
Aussie vets undergo FMD training in Nepal
29 Oct 2012 - 31 Oct 2012
The 2012 Open Session of the EuFMD
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

The jerez newspapers comment on the Opening ceremony by the Minister

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