Activities related to Emerging Diseases

The First OIE/FAO-APHCA Regional Workshop on Bluetongue Diagnosis and Control (Bogor, Indonesia, 7-10 March 2011)

The First OIE/FAO-APHCA Regional Workshop on Bluetongue Diagnosis (BT) and Control was jointly organised in collaboration with the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services (DGLAHS) and Bbalitvet of the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia, by the OIE and FAO-APHCA, in Bogor, Indonesia on 7-10 March 2011.

The principal objectives of the workshop were (1) to give an update on Global situation of BT with an emphasis on current epidemiological situation in Asia and the Pacific, (2) to give lectures on diagnosis, control and prevention measures of Bluetongue, and (3) to provide laboratory hands-on training on diagnosis of BT.

The Workshop was attended by 17 participants and 1 overseas observer from 17 member countries namely: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, P.R. China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, and 11 local observers from Indonesia.

The 4-day workshop was composed of lectures, practical sessions (Hands-on training) country report from the invited countries.

The lectures and hands-on training were given by 3 experts namely: by Dr Ross Lunt and Dr Ian Pritchard from the CSIRO-Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), and Dr Indrawati Sendow from Bbalitvet of the Indonesian Research Center for Veterinary Science. The hands-on training was focused on (1) Competitive-ELISA techniques, (2) Real-time PCR techniques, (3) Intravenous egg inoculation techniques and harvesting and (4) CPE in cell culture infected with BTV.