The institute for animal disease control, CIDC-Lelystad, is coordinator of the new Epizone network for animal disease. The network is composed of experts from the FAO, two Chinese one Turkish and fifteen European veterinary institutes in the field of very infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth, avian influenza and swine fever.
In addition to foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza and classical swine fever, they will also deal with diseases that are less known in northern Europe, such as African swine fever and blue tongue virus in sheep, which is transmitted by midges. About 150 scientists participate in Epizone. The project coordinators are Dr Piet van Rijn of CIDC-Lelystad and Dr Ilaria Capua of the OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory in Italy. / GvM