Read this article in:

Training veterinarians in specialized laboratories to combat the spread of African Swine Fever

As part of the Global Framework for Transboundary Animal Diseases FAO in collaboration with the OIE organized a training session to improve regional veterinary services in the Balkans and the Caucasus.

Monday 10 February 2014 (4 years 3 months 11 days ago)

African Swine Fever (ASF) has become endemic throughout the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Russian Federation since 2007. Recent developments in Eastern Europe and an incursion of the disease in July 2012 in Ukraine indicate that a further geographic spread of ASF is likely to occur. ASF is also endemic in areas of Africa. Although it has never affected Southeast Asia, the potential spread of the disease from the Russian Federation to China could result in vast losses, with China holding 50 per cent of the world's pig population. This fatal disease, for which there still is no vaccine or specific treatment, has a very high mortality and morbidity rate, with devastating economic consequences on small-scale pig farmers.

One of the principal ways in which to combat the infection is through imparting good rearing practices as well as training veterinarians to control and prevent the disease from spreading. As part of the Global Framework for Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the OIE and the financial support of the Government of Italy, Ministry of Health, and USDA, organized a training session in November 2013 to improve regional veterinary services in the Balkans and the Caucasus. Participants from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine were invited for five days to the laboratories of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Umbria e Marche (IZS-UM) in Perugia, Italy.

The IZS-UM is a national ASF Reference Centre and it is equipped with Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facilities. During the training, the participants learned to recognize the clinical symptoms and anatomic lesions on experimentally-infected pigs through post-mortem examinations. They also learned basic concepts of epidemiology and were given tools to prevent and control the spread of ASF. One of the important aspects of the training concerned biosecure sampling, packaging and dispatching of infected material to a national or international ASF Reference Centre. The training also covered biosecurity measures, pathological findings, outbreak investigation techniques and differential diagnosis with other relevant swine diseases.

Monday January 27, 2014/ FAO.
http://www.fao.org

Related articles

Swine news

Article Comments

This area is not intended to be a place to consult authors about their articles, but rather a place for open discussion among pig333.com users.

Access restricted to 333 users. In order to post a comment you must be logged in.

Not a registered user of 333?sign upand access swine prices, the search engine, ...
It is fast and free
Are you registered in 333?LOGINIf you've forgotten your password we'll send it to you here

tags

Swine News

Swine industry news in your email

You are not subscribed to this list

18-May-201811-May-201804-May-201820-Apr-2018

Log in and sign up on the list

Not a registered user of 333?sign upand access swine prices, the search engine, ...
It is fast and free
Are you registered in 333?LOGINIf you've forgotten your password we'll send it to you here