The 2nd International Symposium on Brucellosis was held in Beijing on Oct. 19-20. Following the concept of “One World, One Health”, the symposium adopted a mode combining virtual and on-site meetings for the first time. Experts both at home and abroad discussed technologies and strategies for global prevention and control of animal brucellosis. National Chief Veterinary Officer of MARA Li Jinxiang attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.
Li pointed out that in the face of serious challenges in animal brucellosis prevention and control in China, MARA and animal husbandry and veterinary authorities at all levels would take a series of countermeasures, namely, improving the animal epidemic monitoring network and enhancing epidemic monitoring capabilities; increasing reserves of emergency supplies and diagnostic technologies, and improving emergency management capabilities; strengthening vaccine quality supervision to ensure immunization quality and effectiveness; enhancing information collection and analysis to increase IT application in animal disease prevention and treatment; strengthening quarantine supervision and improving the capacity to facilitate animal movement; and improving supporting policies and measures to enhance social services for animal disease prevention and treatment.
Li called on the National Reference Laboratory for Brucellosis to continue to leverage its technical advantages and actively participate in international exchanges and cooperation on animal brucellosis prevention and control, contribute solutions with Chinese wisdom, and make new and greater contributions to global and regional efforts in this regard.
The symposium was supported by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific. Thirty-three experts and scholars from 10 countries including China, France, Israel, Thailand, Italy, Norway, Hungary and the United States discussed the epidemiology, pathogenic mechanism, new diagnostic techniques, and integrated prevention and control strategies for brucellosis. A total of 43,000 viewers across the world watched the symposium via live webcast.