Activities related to Emerging Diseases

OIE/FAO-AHPCA Regional Workshop on Brucellosis Diagnosis and Control with the Emphasis on Brucella melitensis (Chiang Mai, Thailand, 20-23 October 2008)

The Workshop was attended by 30 participants from 17 countries of Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam, and France (speakers from OIE Reference Laboratory), OIE and FAO-APHCA.

Welcome addresses were delivered by Dr Teruhide Fujita, OIE Asia-Pacific; Dr Hans Wagner, Representative of FAO-APHCA; Dr Lertrak Srikitjakarn, Dean of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University; Dr Trisadee Chaosuancharoen, Deputy Director General, Department of Livestock Development, Thailand; and Dr Watehara Rujiwechpongsadhon, Vice President of Chiang Mai University.

Dr Bruno Garin-Bastuzi and his technical assistance from OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Brucellosis in France and Dr Monaya Ekgatat from National Institute of Animal Health, Department of Livestock Development, played the important roles as resource persons.

The Workshop was proposed by the participating countries in the Asian and Pacific Region for capacity building on Brucellosis diagnosis in order to effectively control Brucellosis in the Region, and especially for smooth international trade of animals and animal products, including goats and sheep within the Region.  The disease has been recognised in most member countries of the Asia and Pacific Region, with a high rate of positive cases in some parts of the Region, and as a consequence, the high infection rate in human population.

Cases of Brucellosis have been reported in many countries in this Region, where the disease is a rather common problem in the livestock sector, and where human health risks have also been recognised.

Several laboratory diagnostic tests are available for the identification of Brucella and for serological testing (in particular, RBT, CFT and iELISA) but no single serological test is applicable for all purposes of Brucella diagnosis.

 Conclusions and Recommendations