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Risk management of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in Asia
|Author(s) :||Y. Ozawa|
A questionnaire-based survey was distributed to the Office International des Epizooties (OIE: World organisation for animal health) Member Countries in Asia to assess the use of risk management for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The author presents a summary of 16 responses received in July 2002. The survey revealed that import risk analysis on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is not routinely carried out in ten countries, indicating an urgent need for further training courses. Although the number of ruminants imported from Europe is relatively small, significant quantities of feedstuffs of ruminant origin have been imported into Asia, which may mean that the BSE agent could have reached domestic cattle in most countries. The external challenge has been considerably reduced in recent years as most countries in Asia banned the importation of feedstuffs from countries with BSE, but a few weak spots which enable imports of risk materials still persist.