Sunday 24 April 2011

FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE - IRAQ - الحمى القلاعيه في العراق

Date: Sat 23 Apr 2011
Source: Web-site of World Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth
Disease (WRLFMD) [summarised, edited],

Genotyping Reports 2011: IRAQ
WRLFMD Batch no.: 2011/00019
Date received: 06 Apr 2011
Number of samples: 17
Genotyping in progress

communicated by:
[On 29 Dec 2010, ProMED-mail published information from a reliable source on suspected FMD cases in cattle in Iraq. This was followed, several weeks later, by a submission from a senior agriculture adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Erbil-Iraq, encouraging
Iraq and other countries of the region to submit samples and to "have a good reporting and recording system, be fully transparent, and use all facilities available to us." In a commentary, ProMED-mail joinedthe expectation for "samples from Iraq, either already available or to be derived soon from adequate animals, to be submitted to the WRLFMD for identification, serotyping and genotyping. This is particularly important to exclude exotic strains."
 It is indeed encouraging to note that 17 samples have been submitted in April from Iraq to the WRLFMD. According to WRLFMD data, the FMDV-O strain which has been recently identified in Bulgaria (ANT-10 sub-lineage of the PanAsia-2 lineage), has been spreading in the region, including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. A recent single outbreak in Israel was also caused by the same strain

Since Iraq borders both Iran and Turkey, it may be assumed that regional virus strains may be circulating within its borders. Their serotyping and genotyping results are anticipated with interest. -

[see also:
Foot & mouth disease - Israel (02): (HZ) st O, genotype 20110404.1044
Foot & mouth disease - Bulgaria (12): (BR) genotype 20110201.0380
Foot & mouth disease - Iraq: susp. RFI 20110123.0282
Foot & mouth disease - Iraq: susp., RFI 20101229.4585].................................................arn/ejp/sh

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