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Training on FMD Control Takes Place in Uganda

19 October 2015

An outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) mid 2014 in Uganda put the country’s preparedness to test necessitating intervention from FAO-Uganda and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) aimed at facilitating risk analysis and characterization of viruses in different parts of the country. A preliminary activity to this effect has been training of more than 100 animal health experts in July 2015 in recognition and reporting of Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) as well as in various methods for sample collection, storage, shipping, lab processing and diagnosis. A final FMD strategic document is due for dissemination in December, 2015 whose implementation would be geared towards confirming Uganda as a non-FMD endemic status country by 2024.



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