For Bryce, the trip to Nepal highlighted the absolute need for veterinarians and industry members in Australia to have a strong understanding of the disease and how we respond to it.
“One single outbreak of FMD in Australia has the ability to cripple our livestock industry and close trade with all international markets in as little as 7 days”.
Bryce Mooring (from WA) participated in the FMD course in Nepal in March 2018. Some of the activities over the five days included:
- Clinically diagnosing FMD in cattle, goats and pigs
- Working under a full quarantine protocol
- Sending samples to the lab in Kathmandu
- Using epidemiological principles to trace the infection
- Talking disease control with the Nepalese farmers.
A selection of pictures from this trip, taken by another FMD training program participant Peter Nugroho (from NT), are shown here.
John Hosie (from Qld) also completed the training and found it to be “an invaluable experience learning and understanding the disease”.
He says “In April 2018 I was lucky enough to participate in KTC28 run by the European Commission for Foot and Mouth Disease. The Real-time FMD training located in Kathmandu, Nepal; was attended by a like-minded group of government vets, private vets, pathologists, producers, and agents. We visited 2 dairy farms and a piggery affected by FMD. It was hands on ageing lesions and taking samples to confirm the diagnosis and serotype. Epidemiologically it was interesting to find that veterinary technicians travelling from farm to farm to vaccinate for FMD were (ironically) the biggest risk for transmission. This exemplified the importance of biosecurity.”