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
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.