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Methodological harmonization: a step forward towards coordinated control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) in Europe and Central Asia

Apr 17, 2012

RER/5/016 - Supporting Coordinated Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases with Socioeconomic Impact and that Affect Human Health

"Regional Workshop on Exchange of Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) and Harmonized Methods for Targeted Transboundary Animal Diseases", 3 - 5 April 2012, IAEA, Vienna

Background

The livestock sector plays a major role for the economy of Eastern European and Central Asian countries - especially in rural areas. The region is also rich in wildlife, including ungulates that often carry infectious diseases and, in the course of their migrations, often come into contact with local livestock. The movement of livestock due to international trade has led to the emergence or re-emergence of several transboundary animal diseases in the region. Both domestic animals and wildlife are potential sources for human infection; hence transboundary animal diseases can also be of concern for public health institutions.

It is vital that a regional network is created, capable of providing early and rapid disease diagnosis to ensure rapid information dissemination on outbreaks and effective control measures against transboundary animal diseases through a regional co-operative project. To this end, the regional TC project RER/5/016 “Supporting Coordinated Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases with Socioeconomic Impact and that Affect Human Health” (2012-2013) was launched with the overall objective of enhancing early detection and reactions to control transboundary diseases in livestock and their products in the Euro-Asian Region. A key aspect of the project is the harmonization of technologies and the comparability of laboratory results across the region among all participating laboratories.

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RER/5/016 Group photo

Mr Mirzoev, RER/5/016 project Counterpart from Tajikistan, and Mr Mrenoshki - who coordinated the compilation of SOPs among specialists from across the Europe Region- RER/5/016 counterpart from The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Purpose

The purpose of the workshop was:

  • to review available SOPs and analytical procedures applied in participating Member States for target Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs), (i.e., West Nile Fever, African and Classical Swine Fever, Hepatitis E and Equine Infectious Anaemia);
  • to select the most appropriate, common SOPs and methods to be adopted by the RER/5/016 Network;
  • to lay solid basis for future harmonization of the selected methods at the regional level.

Meeting Activities & Outcomes

The first RER/5/016 Regional Workshop brought together specialists from 13 Europe and Central Asia Member States. After three days of lively discussions on animal disease outbreaks and related diagnostic methodologies, experts agreed on a common set of Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) and methods to be applied by the RER/5/016 team for the early diagnosis of West Nile Fever, African and Classical Swine Fever, Hepatitis E and Equine Infectious Anaemia. This marks an important step towards data comparability and harmonization at the regional level, and will allow fine-tuning and optimization of the programmes for the two RER/5/016 regional training courses planned in 2012, namely:

  • RER5/016 Regional Training Course on early and rapid nuclear and nuclear-related diagnostic techniques for African and Classical Swine Fever, IAEA Seibersdorf Laboratories, 22-25 May 2012 - http://intouch.iaea.org
  • RER5/016 Regional Training Course on early and rapid nuclear and nuclear-related diagnostic techniques for West Nile Fever, Hepatitis E and Equine Infectious Anaemia, Izmir, Turkey, 8-12 October 2012.

 

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