Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Department of Biotechnology jointly organized 69th International Brucellosis Conference and Annual meeting of International Brucellosis Society - Brucellosis2016 at National Agricultural Science Centre (NASC) Complex, New Delhi from November 17 – 19, 2016.
Shri Y. S. Chowdary, Union Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences in inaugural his address emphasized the need for one health hub and stressed the need for effective inter-sectoral collaboration as such on zoonotic diseases of economic importance for safe public health.
Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare presided over the function. In his address, he expressed his happiness for organization of the event jointly by ICAR and DBT, as it reflects the close international attention to the progress being made by the Indian scientists in addressing the brucellosis in India for prevention and control of this disease.
Shri K. Narayana Rao, Member of Parliament, Andhra Prades;, Dr. K. Vijay Raghavan Secretary, DBT; Dr. N. Ranganathan President, International Brucellosis Society; Dr. H. Rahman, DDG (AS), ICAR & Chairman Organizing Committee and Dr. S. R. Rao, Advisor, DBT &Organizing Secretary of this Conference were also garced the occasion.
The conference is a result of DBT-Network Project on Brucellosis launched in 2012 to address the epidemiology, development of new generation of vaccines and diagnostics. The conference and annual meeting was organized for the first time in India.
Brucellosis is a wide spread and neglected zoonosis that causes huge economic losses to the tune of about Rs. 20,000 crores annually in India. Brucellosis is one such dreadful disease caused by the genus of the bacteria, Brucella. Various species of Brucella infect cows, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs and other animals as well as humans. Presently, the disease has been eradicated from 17 countries but mostly endemic in Asia and African countries.
The International Brucellosis Conference 2016 provided a technical platform for scientist and experts from all over the world.
The three days deliberations addressed various issues on Brucellosis covering broad and interdisciplinary field of “One Health” concept revolving Brucella Pathogenesis; Host-pathogen interaction; Human Brucellosis; Epidemiology and Control; Brucella Research in India; Canine and Wildlife Brucellosis; Diagnostic methods; Vaccines and Immunology.
On the occasion three new diagnostic kits were launched along with the release of a CD containing Brucellosis Research published in Indian Journal of Animal Sciences during the last 25 years and announcement of launching of “Brucella Free Villages” for implementation on pilot scale in 50 villages covering 10 states.
About 300 participants from 27 countries participated in the conference.
(Source: Animal Science Division, ICAR)