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First LinkTADs webinar of the series on disease outbreak investigation

On 9 October 2014, Dr. Chris Bartels from the European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth disease (EuFMD) delivered the first webinar of the series: a 1.5-hour presentation entitled Disease Outbreak Investigation (DOI): more than “take a sample and run” with focus on China’s situation. The webinar was co-organized by FAO Headquarters in Rome and FAO China in Beijing, and facilitated by Prof John Edwards, Senior Coordinator of FAO ECTAD China. The presentation is available at LinkTADs website.

The presentation covered all aspects related to DOI, including what steps to take and how to perform these steps, and the relation between outbreak investigation and Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) stages for FMD (stages 1-3). A total of 22 participants attended the webinar. Among them were LinkTADs partners Harbin veterinary research institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China animal health and epidemiology center (CAHEC) and China animal disease control center (CADC), the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), as well as external participants such as Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Veterinary Bureau of Ministry of Agriculture of China (MoA), and FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The webinar was found very practical and useful, and was highly valued by participants.

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