Activities related to Emerging Diseases

OIE Regional Workshop on PRRS Control and Prevention (Hanoi, Vietnam, 15-17 September 2008)

The objectives of the Workshop were (1) to share information and experiences on Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Symdrome (PRRS), (2) to develop appropriate measures for PRRS control and prevention, and (3) to discuss and strengthen international and/or regional cooperation on better control of the disease, in particular border animal movement management.

The Workshop was attended by 86 participants including the official participants from ASEAN+3 countries, resource persons from the OIE Central Bureau (Drs Tomoko Ishibashi and Gary Buhrmann), FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP) (Dr Carolyn Benigno), private sectors, observers, donors and staff members of host country and the OIE Asia-Pacific.

Welcome addresses were made by Dr Teruhide Fujita, Regional Representative, OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific, Tokyo, and Dr Hoang Van Nam, Deputy Director General of the Department of Animal Health (DAH), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Vietnam, as the host country.

During the plenary session, country reports were made by Vietnam, P.R. China, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, RO Korea and Malaysia. Pathogenic PRRS caused by genotype 2 was reported in P.R. China and Vietnam.  Philippines also reported cases of ‘highly pathogenic’ PRRS since July 2007, and explained that the PRRS virus found in the Philippines showed similarity to those newly found in P.R. China and Vietnam.  After the country reports, Dr Tomoko Ishibashi made specific reports on discussions on PRRS at OIE Ad hoc Group meeting on PRRS, and Dr Gary Buhrmann made his presentation on experiences in PRRS control in South Africa.  FAO RAP, DAH Vietnam and private sectors in Thailand and Vietnam made presentations on activities on PRRS control.

On the second day, the participants were divided into two groups for group discussions. Group I discussed on Control measures of PRRS and Group II on Diagnosis and Surveillance.

On the third day, discussions on draft conclusions and recommendations were made. Due to the complicated nature of the disease, active discussions were made on applicable control measures against PRRS.

Conclusion and Recommendation