OIE/JTF Project for FMD control in Asia (2011-2015)

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a major disease of livestock in Asia and worldwide. Its impacts on economy and livelihood of people are drastic. FMD is endemic in Southeast Asian countries due to traditional farming system and livestock trade. Not only are developing countries in Southeast Asia, advanced countries previously free from FMD such as Japan, R. O. Korea and Chinese Taipei are also affected by FMD outbreaks. 

The causative virus in Japan 2010 outbreak was named O/JP/2010, which identified as Southeast Asia (SEA) topotype (Myanmar-98 lineage) and found to be closely related to viruses occurring recently in PR China, Hong Kong SAR, R.O. Korea, Myanmar and Thailand (WRLFMD Quarterly Report, April-June 2010). This scientific evidence demonstrates that the presence of FMD in endemic countries poses the risk of the re-emergence of FMD in proven FMD-free countries. This fact re-emphasised the need for regional cooperation, information sharing, and transparency in disease reporting, which are critical elements for control and eradication of FMD.

Japan proposed the OIE/JTF Project on FMD Control in Asia during the 5th meeting of the Regional Steering Committee of GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific, in July 2011. This initiative was endorsed by the Committee during the meeting.

Goal of the project is to significantly decrease of FMD outbreaks in Asia by strengthening prevention and control measures against FMD. Four expected outcomes of the project include, 1) Promote coordination and information sharing on FMD in Asia, 2) Develop strategies and a roadmap for FMD control in East Asia, 3) Strengthen the capacity of surveillance for and diagnosis of FMD, and 4) Improve FMD control measures at national and regional levels.

The activities undertaken in the OIE/JTF Project on FMD Control in Asia will be expected to provide a regional complementarity to other existing FMD control programmes, namely the South-East Asia and China Foot and Mouth Disease Campaign (SEACFMD). In order to strengthen the coordination with SEACFMD, a part of the activities under the OIE/JTF Project will contribute to and collaborate with SEACFMD.

Roadmap for FMD Control in East Asia (Appendices updated in 2015)

Ⅰ.  Promote coordination and information sharing on FMD in Asia

Ⅱ.  Develop strategies and a roadmap for FMD control in East Asia 

Ⅲ.  Strengthen the capacity of surveillance for and diagnosis of FMD

Ⅳ.  Improve FMD control measures at national and regional levels 

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