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FMD Outbreaks Under Control

Japan and South Korea are controlling outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in animals and there is no particular risk of an international crisis, the head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said.

OIE director general Bernard Vallat said both countries had applied appropriate measures to control the outbreaks and OIE did not see the need for a specific international response.

“The OIE considers that this situation for the moment does not need a specific regional or global alert,” Vallat told Reuters May 26, following a news conference at OIE’s annual assembly.

“The countries are respecting all international standards and this is really a good reaction.”

Another disease being monitored by OIE is glanders – which is highly contagious among horses and also transmissible to humans – in view of recent cases in the Gulf region.

After Bahrain provided information about an outbreak, OIE was awaiting details from neighbouring countries before commenting on the severity of the situation, Vallat said.

Glanders, which can be fatal to equids and usually prompts culls of infected animals, is present in several countries and thought to be endemic in certain areas, according to OIE.

The organization is also pursuing work to improve co-ordinated action on risks affecting both animals and humans.

With an estimated 20 per cent of total animal production lost due to disease, there was a clear role for OIE in supporting efforts to feed a growing world population, Vallat said.

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