The Lancang-Mekong Meeting on Joint Prevention and Control of Cross-Border Animal Disease was held by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA) in Beijing from November 22 to 24. Representives from departments of animal husbandry and veterinary in China, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam as well as experts on animal disease prevention and control attended the meeting and exchanged their views on prevention and control of cross-border animal diseases such as the bird flu and the African swine fever (ASF).
At the meeting, Chinese delegate first introduced situations on major animal disease outbreaks such as the bird flu and the foot-and-mouth disease and the prevention and control measures of such diseases, he shared China’s measures of and experience in preventing and controlling ASF, a recent epidemic outbreak in China, and positive responses from experts had been made. “China has taken comprehensive measures and I believe only a few countries are able to adopt such comprehensive and concrete measures within a short period of time when confronted with sudden outbreaks of diseases like ASF,” said Dr. Dirk Pfeiffer, a world-famous veterinary epidemiologist. “China is making utmost efforts to prevent and control ASF,” said Dr. Vincent Martain, FAO representative in China, “the Asia-Pacific region currently attaches great importance on the epidemic, so countries need to make preparation for fighting against ASF through joint prevention and control.” During the meeting, delegates from Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam expressed their gratitude to China for holding the meeting in time and sharing its experience.
The meeting was attended by over 50 experts from the FAO headquarters, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, FAO Office in China, OIE Regional Office in Tokyo, China Animal Disease Control Center, China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Yunnan Animal Science and Veterinary Institute.