This was discussed at the talks between Roman Rybin, Director of FGBI ARRIAH, and Dr. Nuryani Zainuddin, Director of the Department of Animal Health of the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia, the Rosselkhoznadzor’s press service announced.
Indonesian authorities are concerned with the FMD emergency in the country. More than 80 FMD outbreaks were reported by mid-May. The country has been free from that disease since 1983.
Samples, collected from infected animals and forwarded for analysis to the OIE Reference Laboratory at the Pirbright Institute (United Kingdom), showed the presence of serotype O (FMDV-O).
“That was the reason for Dr. Nuryani Zainuddin to reach out to FGSI ARRIAH with a request for production and supply of an FMD vaccine effective against the circulating strain,” the Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement.
At the meeting, ARRIAH scientists provided expert advice on emergency cattle vaccination and expressed their willingness to supply the requested veterinary drug.
As Dmitry Mikhalishin, Head of the FMD Prevention Laboratory of the FGSI ARRIAH, said earlier in an interview to V&L, different approach is applied by the scientists to each country.
“The unique feature of our laboratory and the entire center is that we have the complete chain “from the stable to the table” covered. Our experts can responsively arrive at any destination, accomplish epizootiological investigation at the site, collect the required samples, and deliver them to the institute for research. Here they can completely decompose this material and determine the serotype and genetic lineage of the isolate and compare it with vaccine strains. If significant differences are identified, specialists will develop a production strain which will serve as a basis for a vaccine to be made. We can also send specialists for consultation on vaccine application at the site. Besides that, we can provide them with diagnostic kits to assess the assay of the vaccine and livestock protection status,’ said Dmitry Mikhalishin.
The FMD Prevention Laboratory of the FGSI ARRIAH annually produces about 100 000 000 doses of vaccines supplied to more than 20 countries.