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Qatar to survey brucellosis prevalence in Qatar.

DOHA Qatar is to launch a survey soon to detect cases of brucellosis disease in animals in the country, the Director of Animal Resources Department in the Ministry of Environment Dr Kassem Nasser al Qahtani said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference to announce the opening of the 10th Conference of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) Regional Commission for the Middle East at Grand Regency Hotel in Doha from October 26, al Qahtani said that the result of the survey would help determine whether drugs and vaccinations to prevent and cure the disease were needed in the country. Al Qahtani claimed that there were altogether 400,000 animals in Qatar, of which 95 percent were free of any disease. "Qatar being a small country, it is easy for us to conduct detailed surveys of animals, register them, vaccinate them and confirm if they really carry some disease. So far, however, we have been immunising animals only against FMD (foot and mouth disease)", he remarked. Brucellosis, which also infects humans, often causes miscarriages, especially in sheep, premature delivery and reduction of milk production in animals. Speaking about the four-day conference, which is being organised under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani, al Qahtani, who is also the current President of the Regional Committee of the OIE in the Middle East, said that the conference will focus on inventing devices to tackle both FMD Foot and Mouth Disease and brucellosis diseases as well as protecting marine species of animals. He said that Qatar was hosting the conference for the first time and 70 participants from as many as 21 Middle East member countries of the World Animal Health Organisation or Office International des Epizooties (OIE) were expected to participate in the conference. "Besides, representatives of the Food and Agricultural Organisation, US Department of Agriculture, the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development, World Society for the Protection of Animals and the African Union will attend the conference", he said. According to al Qahtani, the delegates will present the status of animal health in the Middle East and discuss the fifth strategic plan of the OIE for strengthening veterinary services, activities of the Regional Animal Health Centre, strengthening diagnostic capabilities of veterinary laboratories and developing a comprehensive programme for coordinated action to control brucellosis. The headquarters of the World Organisation for Animals Health, which has as many as 174 countries from across the world as its members, is in Paris. It also has five regional commissions in Africa, America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

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