From 29 to 31 January 2013, the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organize a workshop on brucellosis in Africa. The workshop is sponsored by the US State Department Biosecurity Engagement Program.
Brucella infects multiple animal species, including cattle, sheep, pigs, small ruminants and other ruminant species such as camels, water buffaloes and yaks. Brucella infection in some developing countries can reach 30% of the human population making it a serious public health disease.
In response to the problem of brucellosis in Africa, this workshop aims to assist participants identify gaps in brucellosis epidemiology, diagnosis, surveillance and control programs. It provides information to assist in designing research programs and intervention strategies to aid in the control of brucellosis at national and regional levels.
The workshop therefore seeks to engage Brucella experts to work with participants from the invited countries to devise strategies to mitigate brucellosis and reduce zoonotic infections and economic costs related to animal health. It will examine the premise that research in these areas will generate ideas for an integrated approach for controlling Brucella in sub-Saharan Africa.