Linking Epidemiology and Laboratory Research on Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses in EU and China
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China, Mongolia and the Russian Federation jointly strengthen TADs control

As Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) increasingly threaten global public and animal health, coordination between countries and regions has become essential. China, Mongolia and the Russian Federation have been cooperating to control TADs since FAO implemented the project ‘Cross Border Trade and TADs Risk Reduction with a special focus on foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)’ in 2011. The aim of the project is to strengthen relationships and trust among the three countries by sharing information on cross-border animal movement, TADs and emerging infectious diseases via annual international workshops.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, these meetings were held respectively in Beijing (China), Ulaan Baator (Mongolia) and Vladimir (Russian Federation). In August 2014, the fourth tripartite workshop took place in Erguna, Inner Mongolia, China. Hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture , organized in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),the meeting brought together representatives from the governments and veterinary departments of China, Mongolia and the Russian Federation as well as participants from international organizations such as the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to exchange views on technologies and measures for the prevention and control of infectious animal diseases.

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