Published Date: 2003-05-10 23:50:00
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease - United Arab Emirates: OIE
Archive Number: 20030510.1163
FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: OIE
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Date: 10 May 2003
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Source: Office International des Epizooties (OIE), Disease Information, 9
May 2003 Vol. 16 - No. 19 [edited]
Foot and Mouth Disease in the United Arab Emirates
(Date of previous outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United Arab
Emirates reported to the OIE: April 2001).
Information received on 3 May 2003 from Dr Abdullah Sultan Abdullah,
Director General of Animal Wealth Department, Ministry of Agriculture and
Report date: 23 Apr 2003.
Nature of diagnosis: laboratory.
Date of initial detection of animal health incident: 6 Apr 2003.
No. of outbreaks 1 farm
Description of affected population: dairy cows.
Total number of animals in the outbreak:
species / susceptible / cases / deaths / destroyed / slaughtered
bov / 390 / 3 / ... / ... /...
A. Laboratory where diagnosis was made: Pirbright Laboratory, United
Kingdom (OIE Reference Laboratory for foot and mouth disease).
B. Diagnostic tests used: ELISA(1), virus neutralisation test performed
with BTY(2) and IB-RS-2(3) cells.
C. Causal agent: foot and mouth disease virus serotype O.
A. Source of agent / origin of infection: unknown.
B. Mode of spread: possibly through a neighboring commercial sheep farm.
C. Other epidemiological details: limited to one farm only; animals were
imported on 23 Jan 2003.
(1) ELISA: enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
(2) BTY: primary bovine thyroid cells
(3) IB-RS-2: pig kidney cell line