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Measures for FMD control taken by the OIE, FAO and Rosselkhoznadzor

Main principles of FMD control programs carried out under the auspices of the OIE and FAO were described in the report presented by the OIE Director General Bernard Vallat at the International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance (15-18 February 2013, Vienna, Austria). The issue was also discussed at the working meeting of Dr. Vallat and Yevgeny Nepoklonov, Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor. During the meeting Yevgeny Nepoklonov informed Dr. Vallat on the results of the Third meeting under the FAO project “Cross-border trade and risk reduction of transboundary animal diseases” carried out at the Federal Centre for Animal Health of the Rosselkhoznadzor (FGBI “ARRIAH”) in January 2013. According to the Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor the given event was of great scientific and practical importance for the support of the measures aimed at FMD eradication and prevention in the territories of Russia, Mongolia and China. The meeting resulted in singing the agreement providing for the communication improvement and consolidation of approaches of the members to the prevention and control of highly dangerous animal diseases. The Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor noted that the FAO program for the cooperation in the field of anti-epidemic measures in the Central Asia and Transcaucasia had previously been implemented with the involvement of the FGBI “ARRIAH”, the OIE Reference Laboratory for FMD. The program included the study of prevalence of serotypes circulating in the regions, antigen matching of field and vaccine strains. However, recent reduction of funding of the given programs by the FAO resulted in the lack of control of the systematic evaluation of epidemic situations which led to the generation of unreliable data. In addition, use of vaccines produced by another manufacturer (India) in this region was found to be inefficient. Yevgeny Nepoklonov believes that the recommencement of the epidemic monitoring by the FGBI “ARRIAH” (as the OIE Reference Laboratory for FMD) could facilitate the remedy of the situation. Dr. Vallat agreed with Dr. Nepoklonov and emphasized that exactly the FGBI “ARRIAH” with its experience and accreditation should address the problem in the region. The FMD situation in the Transcaucasia was also discussed at the meeting. It was mentioned that the EU co-financed FMD vaccination programs in the Turkish territories located in the Balkans. The situation remains rather complicated in the rest of the territory. The OIE Director General expressed his opinion concerning the joint meeting of the representatives of the Transcaucasian countries, Turkey and Russian Federation in order to discuss the issues on monitoring studies and development of FMD prevention strategies for the infection eradication in the Region. In conclusion the participants of the meeting discussed signing of the agreement on the opening of the OIE regional representation in Moscow for the Eastern Europe scheduled for March 7, 2013. In the opinion of the sides this will be a milestone event which will enable facilitating solution of problems related to the prevention and control of highly dangerous animal diseases in the region. 

Feb 22, 2013

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