North Korea - FAO says urgent vaccine and equipment needed to contain Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Around a million dollars of equipment and vaccines are urgently required to help stem outbreaks of deadly Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) in North Korea, followed by a more prolonged and concerted effort to modernize veterinary services in the country.
Monday 28 March 2011 (7 years 1 months 22 days ago)
Around a million dollars of equipment and vaccines are urgently required to help stem outbreaks of deadly Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) in North Korea, followed by a more prolonged and concerted effort to modernize veterinary services in the country.

A joint FAO and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) mission travelled to North Korea at the government's request between 27 February and 8 March. The mission found that the country's capacity and that of veterinary services to detect and contain FMD outbreaks need significant strengthening -- in particular as regards implementing best-practices in biosecurity measures and improving laboratory infrastructure and capacity.

Outbreaks of Type-O FMD have been reported in diverse locations in eight of North Korea's 13 provinces. To bring the situation under control, the team recommended the following steps:

• Thorough surveillance to locate and map disease clusters
• Protecting unaffected farms through movement controls and biosecurity measures
• Adequate sampling in order to correctly identify the virus strain or strains involved
• Improving biosecurity measures to prevent further spread of the disease
• The strategic use of the appropriate vaccines to contain and isolate disease clusters

FAO estimates around $1 million is required immediately for training, supplies and infrastructure, vaccine acquisition and the setting up of monitoring, reporting and response systems.

http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/53506/icode/

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