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Rosselkhoznadzor Participated in Meeting on Establishment of Sub-Regional Approach to Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Other Highly Dangerous Diseases in Transcaucasia Countries

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.

Need for involvement of the OIE and FAO Reference Centres and of the FGBI “ARRIAH” first of all was voiced and supported. Under the project the Reference Centres will act to the extent of their mandates, i.e. they will organize inter-laboratory comparisons, perform diagnostic tests and provide guidance upon application. They will also send their experts to perform epidemic investigations.

Need for joint exercise including disease outbreak simulation was specifically focused on. These exercises should aim at the exchange of practical know-how in the environment closely approximate to the reality.

In closing of the meeting draft agreement was made that is to be signed by the representatives of the participating countries and international organizations. This agreement incorporates the plan for the project’s consistent implementation.

This is the first sub-regional project for the control of animal disease spread in the territory of the countries of the European region.

 

May 26, 2016

Categorys: Veterinary , Events , OIE , Epizootic situation