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FGBI “ARRIAH” Hosted FAO Regional Workshop on Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Other Transboundary Animal Diseases

In the period from November 29 till November 30, 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate FGBI “Federal Centre for Animal Health” hosted a FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) regional workshop on foot-and-mouth disease and other transboundary animal diseases entitled “Risk-based approaches and emergency management”. The workshop was held in order to develop interaction and sharing experiences among the countries of Transcaucasia and Central Asia, including the Russian Federation, with respect to issues of control of foot-and-mouth disease and other highly dangerous transboundary animal diseases, and also to build capacity of veterinary services in the field of epidemiology, risk assessment and emergency preparedness.

Veterinary specialists from Russia, Georgia, the Republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and the Kyrgyz Republic participated in the event. Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation Eugenia Serova, representative of the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia Andrey Rozstalny, FAO animal health officers Daniel Beltran-Alcrudo and Mark Hovari.

In the course of the first session of the workshop the specialists assessed the global epidemic situation on foot-and-mouth disease and lumpy skin disease, considered the measures implemented for prevention and eradication of the diseases in the countries of Central Asian region. The current FAO initiatives with regard to lumpy skin disease in the region and measures within the framework of the West Eurasia Roadmap for foot-and-mouth disease control were pointed out. The leading foot-and-mouth disease experts of the FGBI “ARRIAH” shared the scientific results of studying antigenic relatedness between epizootic isolates circulating in Central Asia and production strains of foot-and-mouth disease virus as well as their experience in use of various vaccines for infection prevention.

During the second session of the workshop the specialists discussed the principles of emergency management, assessed the risk of African swine fever spread within the Russian Federation.

Based on the results of the workshop countries and groups of people concerned held discussions as regards international communications and resolving common challenges and addressed the issues of setting up an observation network for transboundary migration of wild animals.

Dec 4, 2017

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