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Improving the Diagnostic Capacities of Brucellosis, Enhancing the Vaccination and Control Strategies in the Middle East and North Africa
Corrie Brown1,2,*, Bruno Garin-Bastuji3, Ghulam Ziay4, Wail Hayajneh5, Samir Al-Fuqaha6, Houary Hemida7, Yehia Otify8, Iklas Hailat9, Shereen Alkhlouf10 and Nabil Hailat10
1University of Georgia, Athens, USA; 2Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan; 3Paris-Est University/Anses, EU/OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Brucellosis, Animal Health Laboratory, Maisons-Alfort, France; 4Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory, Afghanistan; 5King Abdullah University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology; 6Ministry of Agriculture, Tulkarem, Palestine;  7Université Ibn-Khaldoun Tiaret, Algeria; 8University of Alexandria, Egypt; 9Ministry of Agriculture, Jordan; 10Pathology Laboratory, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan


A regional workshop, sponsored by UN Development Program, to address brucellosis in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, was held at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid-Jordan from 5-7 January, 2014.  Forty-four key scientists from universities and governments in 5 countries (Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, and Afghanistan) gathered to present and discuss various aspects of brucellosis surveillance and control. They were joined by Dr. Bruno Garin-Bastuji, Director of the OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Brucellosis, who provided helpful comments and guidance throughout. Using scientific presentations, laboratory sessions, and targeted discussion sessions, participants shared perspectives and gained valuable information on control of this important transboundary animal disease and public health problem. This paper describes highlighted discussion points and presents consensus summary statements regarding possible paths forward.

Key words: Abortion, Brucellosis, Diagnosis, Middle East, North Africa, Small ruminants


ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)