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FAO_ECTAD Egypt trains Laboratory staff from Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI) and the National Research Center (NRC) on lab tests for (MERS_CoV)

@fao rne Dr. Lidewij Wiersma, FAO international lab expert with researchers during the trainig course

Cairo, November 4th, 2016: Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-Egypt) has conducted practical training course for laboratory staff in Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI), National Research Center (NRC), Ministry of Health (MOH) and other relevant institution on standardized protocol for testing of MERS CoV which is a common viral diseases that infect humans and animals.

The training has been conducted from 30th October to 3rd November 2016 and delivered by Dr. Lidewij Wiersma, FAO international lab expert, aiming to enhancing the capacity building of lab staff to perform internationally recognized standard protocol for laboratory tests and diagnosis.

This training was organized under the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT 2) Program, FAO Component , to set up team work and equip specialized laboratories to diagnose diseases according to standardized protocol for testing of MERS CoV and one methodology in all region” Dr. Lidewij Wiersma said.

The training included organizing a field visit to one of largest camel market in Egypt (Barkash market) where samples were obtained from a number of camels and subjected to laboratory tests.

Dr. Sayed Salim Chief Researcher at AHRI, viruses department said: "Training is characterized by its ability to strengthen the capacity of researchers of AHRI on –MERS CoV diagnosis by using the latest tools and technologies as part of a national plan for a comprehensive survey on camels and markets at  different governorates especially frontier governorates”

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness that was recently recognized in humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people identified as infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.. So far, all cases of MERS have been linked through travel to, or residence in, countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula. Up to date 645 case was died out of 1813 infected.


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