4th FAO-APHCA/OIE Regional Workshop on Brucellosis Diagnosis and Control in Asia and Pacific Region - Proficiency Test and Ways Forward for the Region (Chiang Mai, Thailand, 19-21 March 2014)

The 4th FAO-APHCA/OIE/DLD Regional Workshop on Brucellosis Diagnosis and Control was held from 19 to 21 March 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  The focus of this 4th Workshop was the review of the results of proficiency tests conducted by each participating member in the region since the summer in 2013.

The OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific (OIE RRAP) has been co-organising livestock health management activities with FAO-APHCA since the 1990s.  Both organisations have identified Brucellosis as one of the priority issues to be focused on in order to improve animal health and production as well as to reduce human health risk.  A series of joint workshops started in 2006 with the support of Dr Bruno Garin-Bastuji of the OIE Reference Laboratory for Brucellosis in France (Agence Nationale de Sécurité de l'Alimentation, de l'Environnement et du Travail, ANSES), and Dr Monaya Ekgatat of Thai National Institute of Animal Health (NIAH) as a partner laboratory in the Region.  The OIE laboratory twinning project between Thai NIAH and ANSES which finished in 2013 came out of the collaboration nurtured by these joint workshops.

The workshop was attended by participants involved in Brucellosis diagnosis from 14 countries, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.  In addition, there were 3 overseas observers, from Australia (CSIRO), P. R. China (HVRI) and Fiji, and 12 Thai NIAH observers.  Dr P. Wongwicharn, Director of Thai NIAH, and Dr W. Thitisak, Deputy Director General of Thai DLD, kindly attended the opening ceremony.

The technical programme started with a review and update on Brucellosis by Dr Garin-Bastuji.  Noting that only P. R. China, Iran and Iraq are reporting substantial human cases to the OIE and referring to the study conducted by IRLI in 2011, Dr Garin-Bastuji worried that the situation seems vastly-underreported.  Based on the IRLI's study, he stressed the importance of Brucellosis, which is ranked even higher than avian influenza as a zoonosis.  Noting that the control strategy to be adopted should reflect the country situation, he stated that the epidemiological situation and available diagnostic techniques are key considerations.

Following a presentation on "quality management in veterinary testing laboratories" with Brucellosis diagnosis as example and "international shipment of biological and potentially infectious materials," Dr Monaya Ekgatat presented the results of the proficiency tests conducted by each participating member in the region since the summer of 2013, using serum panels prepared by Thai NIAH with the support of ANSES.  The overall result was considered good.  Each member received detailed feedback comments separately.

All participating members made country reports to share their Brucellosis situation, including their national surveillance and control programme, if any, and laboratory diagnosis.  They agreed to conduct the 2nd proficiency test to increase their confidence.

It was agreed that members should have share information on the disease situation and laboratory diagnostic data in order to strengthen regional networking and collaboration to improve the disease situation in the region.  Also a mechanism of periodical updates by each participating laboratory is to be considered.

OIE RRAP highly appreciates the dedication of Thai NIAH to this regional collaboration.  It also thanks Dr Garin-Bastuji's team for their continuous support over the years.

- Programme

- Presentations

- Country Reports

- Conclusions

- Photo Gallery