China Recognised Free Of CBPP By OIE

CHINA - On May 24, 2011, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) adopted a resolution at its 79th General Session in Paris, recognizing China as free of contagious bovine pleuropnewmonia (CBPP, also known as lung plague).
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According to Zhang Zhongqiu, Permanent Delegate of China to the OIE and Director-General of the Bureau of Veterinary, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), CBPP is a highly contagious disease caused by mycoplasma mycoides, and is still widespread in some Asian, African and Latin American countries and regions, badly affecting the cattle industry. It has been listed as one of the four diseases requiring official recognition of disease status by the OIE.

During the 1930-40s, CBPP was widespread in part of Inner Mongolia, Tibet, northwest, and northeast of China. Since 1949, it had been effectively controlled due to our nationwide integrated eradication efforts through vaccination, isolation and cull.

In 1996, China announced that it had successfully eliminated CBPP in the country. In September 2008, China officially submitted an application to OIE for the recognition of the CBPP-free status, followed by complementary documents submitted twice to answer technical questions raised by the organization; in November 2010, during their field study on CBPP status in China, OIE experts thoroughly assessed the country’s surveillance capability of the disease and inspected the regularity of CBPP control.

Experts with the OIE Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases said, prior to the 79th General Session, that China’s solid and rigorous efforts in CBPP control and prevention had led to the successful battle against the disease nationwide, which met the organisation’s criteria for CBPP-free nations. Hence, they suggested that China be recognised as free of CBPP at this Session.

Three countries, including China, applied for OIE evaluation for freedom from CBPP at this Session, which approved only China’s application. Prior to this session, there were only six countries in the world already recognised as free of CBPP by the OIE, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Botswana and India.

Zhang Zhongqiu noted that, along with OIE declaration in 2008 that China was free of rinderpest, its recognition of China’s CBPP-free status at this Session marked another major breakthrough for the nation.

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