Advanced FMD Diagnostic Training in Japan

Objective:  To strengthen laboratory capacity of FMD diagnosis in Asia.

Trainee:  Dr (Mr) Panitharn Thongtha, Senior Veterinary Officer, Chief of strain collection and molecular epidemiology section, Regional Reference Laboratory for FMD in South East Asia (RRL), National Institute of Animal Health, Department of Livestock Development, Pakchong, Thailand

Mentor: Dr Katsuhiko Fukai, NIAH-Japan

Course supervisor: Dr Kenichi Sakamoto

Venue:  Exotic Disease Research Center, National Institute of Animal Health in Japan (NIAH-Japan), Tokyo

Duration: 17 – 28 June 2013

Period: 2 weeks

Content of the training: Advance technique for FMD diagnosis, Enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot assay (EITB). EITB is recommended as a confirmatory test for non-structural protein (NSP) for a country with FMD-free zone or an FMD-free country because it is more sensitive than ELISA. The trainee will have opportunity to work in a Biosafety Level 3 laboratory of Exotic Disease Research Division, Kodaira, Tokyo.

Expected output: RRL acquires advance FMD diagnosis to be able to provide confirmatory test for Thailand and neighboring countries. RRL in Pakchong could organize a regional training to transfer this technique to FMD-free countries or countries with FMD-free zone in South-East Asia, for example Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.