Strengthening of regional prevention and control toward lumpy skin disease

LSD

Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is an infectious disease of cattle characterised by eruption nodules on the skin and other parts of the body and that produces a chronic debility in infected cattle, provoking serious economic losses. The disease is present in enzootic in many African and Middle East countries, but is actually spreading quickly in the Mediterranean region, and already reached several Eastern European countries (Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, FYROM, Serbia and Albania).

On May 11-12th, a workshop was jointly organised by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission with the aim of strengthening the regional cooperation in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East for the prevention and control of LSD.

More than 40 experts from across the European Union and beyond attended the workshop. The participants reviewed the latest available information on LSD spread and discussed ways to increase awareness about its impact on animal health. Moreover, new strategies of cooperation to improve surveillance, prevention and control were discussed.

A report, containing the outcomes of the workshop, was released by the EFSA and is now available at http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/supporting/pub/1059e. It provides an overview of the latest available knowledge on epidemiology, diagnostic and control of lumpy skin disease.

Additional information can be found at http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/160707