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10 Mar 2017 -
The Food & Agriculture Spotlight
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01 Feb 2017 -
Close look at foot and mouth
http://www.riverineherald.com.au/rural/2017/02/01/71884/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.

25 Jan 2017 -
LBN attends FMD training in Nepal
Nepal

Rachel Gordon, LBN’s Manager Biosecurity & Extension, has recently spent a week in Nepal with the European Commission for the control of Foot and Mouth Disease (EuFMD). The EuFMD began real-time training courses in 2009 as a way of giving those who work in the livestock industry a unique insight into the diagnosis and investigation of a real FMD outbreak. The participants are then able to take the knowledge they have gained back to their own countries and raise awareness of FMD.

17 Jan 2017 -
Potential Foot and Mount Disease outbreak would cost Australia $52 billion

The Riverina is home to one of the most buoyant livestock producing sectors in Australia.The regional also enjoys an image as being “clean and green” which helps to sure up international markets and clear the way for trade opportunities.For those in the livestock industry ensuring the continuity of this status and the effectiveness of a thriving supply chain is paramount.Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association southern regional manager, Liz Summerville is based in Wagga and recently participated in a study tour to investigate the impacts of foot and mouth disease (FMD).Figures from the Australian Bureau of Agriculture Economics and Sciences (ABARES) indicate that if a FMD outbreak was to take hold in this country it would cost the economy $52 billion over 10 years. Understanding the disease and sharing this information among those in the livestock industry provided the impetus for Ms Summerville to participate in the Federal Government-funded FMD training in Nepal in December.

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
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
Paris

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
Australia/Nepal

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. 

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Interview

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

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