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ARS Foreign Disease Research Scientists Conduct Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Workshop in Africa

July 7, 2014. Elizabeth Rieder, Luis Rodriguez, both of the ARS Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit, Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), Orient Point, New York, traveled to Africa to conduct a workshop on diagnostics and sample collection/processing of foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus. The workshop was held at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda, and is a product of the inaugural research project sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).  USDA and DOD have formalized cooperation in biosecurity engagement under a MOU signed by USDA's Chief Scientist, Cathy Woteki. The FMD project, "Research and Development of Countermeasures to Support the Control of FMDV in Uganda: Development of Improved Diagnostic Tools for a Comprehensive Surveillance Program," aims to characterize clinical and subclinical FMD distribution and FMD virus strains in various regions of Uganda. Results of this project will help Uganda move forward on UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (OIE) FMD progressive control pathway for FMD.

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