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Linking Epidemiology and Laboratory Research on Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses in EU and China
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FAO, China and EU identify ASF policy gaps to build regional preparedness

FAO, China and the European Union (EU) are making progress on improving preparedness for African swine fever (ASF), a deadly disease affecting pigs. Through the EU-funded LinkTADs research consortium, 40 experts from the EU and Asia met in Beijing on 24 November for the “African swine fever Policy Event”, which afforded them the opportunity to explore how lessons learned in Europe fighting ASF could be applied to Asia, to identify the main policy gaps in East and Southeast Asia and ultimately to develop a set of recommendations and a follow-up strategy for ASF policy in the region.
To address the policy gap and build ASF preparedness, LinkTADs brought together: i) Policy makers from China; ii) Veterinary Services from Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam; iii) ASF epidemiology and diagnosis experts from the EU, FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and; iv) Representatives from the EU and the United States of America.

Full press release available at: http://www.fao.org/AG/AGAInfo/programmes/en/empres/news_181214c.html