The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) is holding an expert meeting on African swine fever (ASF), avian influenza and other avian diseases in the Asia-Pacific region for the first time in 3 years.
Australian Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, said the five-day in-person event will see international experts share scientific information and discuss new diagnostic and vaccine technology.
“Australia is proud to be hosting this meeting as a country free of the world's worst animal diseases, such as ASF and avian influenza H5N1,” Dr Schipp said.
“ASF and avian influenza are highly contagious viral diseases affecting wild and domestic pigs and birds.
“Animal pests and diseases are a major threat to Australia's livestock and poultry industries and an outbreak could impact on our access to export markets, undermining livelihoods.
“Along with strong national surveillance, biosecurity and preparedness measures, international collaboration is essential in preventing the spread of these diseases and sharing global expertise.
“Australia is a strong contributor to WOAH processes to protect our animal health status and substantial trade in animals and animal products.”
Find out more about the department's involved with the WOAH at https://www.agriculture.gov.au/agriculture-land/animal/health/oie