10/04/19 08:36

Regional Workshop on Swine Disease Diagnosis

Beijing, 30-31 Oct. 2019

Pig production is the fastest growing animal species in the livestock industry besides poultry with the world pig production increasing two-fold over the last two decades. Asia in particular contributes to more than half of the global pig supply (56%) and the number of pigs raised globally (60 %). Since 2014, the Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific (OIE RRAP) in collaboration with FAO, has organized two regional workshops on swine disease prevention and control, with focus on sharing swine disease control strategies, experiences in the field, and identification of regional priorities and gaps. The workshop identified the lack of well-trained technical staff as the main constraint on swine disease prevention and control, and suggested to OIE Reference Centres to continue their involvement and support of regional capacity building activities, especially on laboratory diagnosis and disease control measures.

The recent incursion and continued spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in the Asia and Pacific region have become a serious threat to the development of pig industry in the region. In response, a number of capacity building activities were conducted under the GF-TADs frameworks through which the need for improvement of sensitivity, specificity, and applicability of ASF test methods was identified.

As part of the action response to improve capacity building in the Asian Pacific region, the OIE RRAP is organising a Regional Workshop on Swine Disease Diagnosis on 30-31 October 2019 in Beijing, China. This workshop will be supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, in collaboration with China Animal Disease Control Centre, OIE Reference Laboratory for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome.

This workshop will aim to discuss and share the experiences and practices on selection and application of test methods/kits for ASF and other swine diseases, to discuss how to apply laboratory quality assurance system to maintain accuracy and reliability of the test results under difference situations, and to discuss and identify ways to improve diagnosis of ASF and other swine diseases.