Consultative workshop on Avian Influenza A(H7N9) in Bhutan, 17-19th March 2014

Bhutan’s preparedness and contingency planning for H7N9 was enhanced through a three-day national workshop organised by the National Centre for Animal Health and FAO in response to the increasing incidence of H7N9 cases in humans in China, which has caused around 119 deaths out of 384 cases reported since it was first identified in March 2013. Attended by more than forty participants from livestock, health and BAFRA plus FAO, the workshop adopted twelve resolutions, including: 1) the need to have a specific regional platform for sharing information on diseases, 2) the need to strengthen coordination and collaboration both at national and regional level in the preparedness and contingency planning of infectious diseases, 3) the revised National Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan Document 2014 for HPAI H5N1 to include the requirements for H7N9 as well, and 4) the house proposed to seek technical and financial support of international agencies such as Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Animal Health Organisation, and WHO among others. Read more.