Rosselkhoznadzor / News
Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance
Telephone Talks between Yevgeny Nepoklonov, Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, and Nigel Gibbens, British CVO
Opening the negotiations Yevgeny Nepoklonov stressed that
prompt exchange of information about highly dangerous diseases, especially,
avian influenza, is expedient.
the transparency of work of the Russian Veterinary Service as well as its determination
to perform regionalization causing the least possible harm to producers in case
of disease outbreak. At the same time there’s no denying that the approach of
the EU Veterinary Authorities is quite tough – following avian influenza
outbreak in wild birds in the Far East in December 2014 poultry export to the
EU from the entire country was suspended for a year. Yevgeny Nepoklonov also
reminded Nigel Gibbens of the prepared agreement on cooperation between the
Federal Centre of Animal Health, Russian Veterinary Reference Centre, and
Weybridge Veterinary Laboratory, EU and UK Reference Centre. The agreement, in particular, provides for
field virus isolate exchange.
Nigel Gibbens highly estimated The
Rosselkhoznadzor’s approach to international cooperation. He agreed on the
necessity to create a system of rapid exchange of information on avian
influenza including communication on virus sequencing and field strain
exchange. Herewith, Nigel Gibbens mentioned that Weybridge Veterinary
Laboratory is ready to provide Russian scientists with strains that caused
outbreaks in Great Britain, but the EU consent is necessary to share the virus strains
isolated in other EU countries. Regular scientist
exchanges can also contribute to development of cooperation, Yevgeny Nepoklonov
mentioned. The parties stressed that it is reasonable to sign the agreement
between the Russian and British Veterinary Centres at the earliest opportunity.
Yevgeny Nepoklonov also specified that is relevant to strengthen international
cooperation in control of other highly dangerous diseases, especially, FMD.
Situation in Transcaucasia, Turkey and Central Asia is quite alarming. In
particular FMD outbreak was reported in Armenia at the Turkish border. It was
caused by the strain which had been previously detected only in India.
Monitoring for antibodies to FMD in cattle in Transcaucasia revealed latent
virus circulation. It threatens the entire European continent. EuFMD, chaired
by Jean-Luk Angot, can greatly contribute to prevention of FMD spread to
Europe. There are risks of other highly dangerous disease spread – sheep pox,
lumpy skin disease, and peste des petits ruminants.
Nigel Gibbens noted that he
also shares apprehensions on a possible FMD outbreak in the Greater Caucasus. He
supposes that the main concern is Turkey as Indian and other Asian strains can
easily penetrate to its territory. Therefore FMD introduction from Turkey to
Europe poses the greatest risk. Nigel Gibbens also agreed that it is relevant
to coordinate international efforts aimed at monitoring, prevention and control
of other highly dangerous animal diseases. Regular scientist exchanges, video
and telephone conferences are to play a considerable role in risk assessment.
Feb 4, 2016