Activities related to Emerging Diseases

OIE/FAVA Special Session (OIE Satellite Seminar) on Emerging Diseases to the Health of the World (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27 August 2002)

This Special Session was held during the 12th FAVA Congress at Sheraton Subang Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27 August 2002. About 250 participants attended the Session from various professional organisations and fields including veterinary services, universities, research institutes, the private sector, human medical organisations in Asia and international organisations related to veterinary activities including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Veterinary Association (WVA).

The Session was chaired by Dr Mohamed Nordin Nor, Director General of the Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services.

In his opening address, Dr T. Fujita, the OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific, stated that the OIE has functions to improve animal health and veterinary public health by providing various scientific measures and to provide standards and technical expertise and advices for animal disease prevention and control including emerging diseases. He also stressed the importance of emerging diseases which give impact on animal production, affect smooth international trade and so often exert pressures on human populations. In Asia, there were cases of avian influenza, foot and mouth disease (FMD) O Asian topo type, Nipah virus infection, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), etc. Timely and transparent notification mechanisms to report and share information are most important for the control of those emerging diseases, and thus veterinary services need to have close linkages with public health authorities for coordination.

Prof. Corrie Brown, University of Georgia, USA spoke about the importance of emerging diseases to the health of the world from a broad aspect point of view.

Dr Kazuhiro Yoshida, Deputy Director, Animal Health Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan presented occurrences and control measures taken for BSE in the country, which was the first case in the Asian and Pacific region.

Dr Aziz Jamaluddin, Director of the Veterinary Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture in Ipoh, Malaysia talked about Malaysian perspectives on emerging diseases.

The OIE/FAVA Special Session (OIE Satellite Seminar) was considered quite successful and productive with collaboration of the speakers, the FAVA Organizing Committee and the Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services as well as the participants.

So many participants including human medical people attended the Session. A lot of discussions were made, which were indicative of the importance of emerging diseases to the Asian and Pacific region.

FAVA = Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations