Regional Hands-on Laboratory Training on Rabies Diagnosis

(Changchun, China, 14-18 August 2017)

Under the support of the government of the People’s Republic of China, OIE RRAP continues its efforts to enhance the capacity of rabies diagnosis in the region. The Regional Hands-on Laboratory Training on Rabies Diagnosis was organized in collaboration with the OIE Reference Laboratory for Rabies in Changchun Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI), P.R. China, on 14-18 August 2017.

About 15 participants from 13 countries joined this training (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Korea D.P.R, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam). This training was a follow-up activity to the “Regional Training on Rabies” held in Tokyo/Yokohama on 5-8 August 2014 and the “Follow-up Workshop on Relevant International Standards for Dog Rabies” held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 17-19 May 2016.

The training was opened by Dr. Gongmin Wang, Deputy Director General of Veterinary Bureau of Ministry of Agriculture, P. R. China who extended his warm congratulations to the conveners of the training and emphasized that China had attached great importance to prevention and control of rabies in the region. The participants were also welcomed by Dr Noriyoshi Ojima, OIE Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, and Dr Wensen Liu, Head of Department of Science and Technology, CVRI. All trainees were provided the opportunity to learn OIE standards and activities on rabies as well as rabies control plan and experience in China, by Dr Noriyoshi Ojima and Dr Shichun Ma respectively. The representative from each country also introduced the rabies epidemiology, diagnosis system, and control policy and strategy in his/her own country, discussed the problems they were facing and stressed the need to strengthen the cooperation among Asian countries.

This five-day’s training provided participants with both didactic and practical hands-on training experience on internationally standardized rabies diagnostic techniques and on how these skills could be used to the advantage of Member Countries, as the region continues to move towards rabies elimination. It provided practical laboratory sessions on animal brain tissue samples collection by drinking straw method, the fluorescent antibody test (FAT), direct, rapid immunohistochemical test (dRIT), RT-nestedPCR, one step real-time PCR, gene amplification and phylogenetic analysis.

The participants evaluated the training and its organization as fully satisfactory and said they would like to share the knowledge gained at the training with the technicians in their own country. They also discussed the importance of initiation of a lab network in the future to share the information of rabies control strategy and viral sequence in border areas to understand the epidemiology and transmission of rabies in Asian countries. All the participants agreed to cooperate on rabies epidemiology and rabies control together to make rabies history.

Key outcomes from this training can be found at the link below.



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