Activities related to Emerging Diseases

Nipah virus seminar was held in Malaysia in April 2001

The OIE Regional Seminar on Nipah Virus Infection was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 8-12 April 2001 jointly with the Department of Veterinary Services of Malaysia.

Fifty-six participants attended from Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taipei China, Thailand, U.S.A., Vietnam, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the OIE.

The Seminar consisted of the following six sessions: (1) overview and epidemiology of Nipah virus infection, (2) current and future research and development studies, (3) disease monitoring and surveillance programmes, (4) development of laboratory diagnostic methods, (5) study of wildlife reservoirs, and (6) requirements for Nipah disease control.

Sixteen speakers made presentations on the above six subjects and the summaries of their papers will be included in the final report of the Seminar. A manual for Nipah virus diagnosis and control will be prepared by the Australian experts and will be published by FAO-APHCA within this year.

Malaysian officials confirmed in the Seminar that no clinical cases of Nipah (disease) has not been seen in Malaysia since may 1999, and that there were no sero-positive cases detected during surveillance period October 1999-December 2000. The details will be reported during the forthcoming OIE General Session. Several recommendations were made at the end of the Seminar.