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'Pets, humans share 60% diseases'

india Updated: Sep 17, 2013 18:43 IST
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The 26th course of ICAR centre of advanced faculty training was inaugurated on Tuesday at the veterinary microbiology department by Suresh Chander, dean of college of veterinary sciences, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar.

Chander said that the theme for the 21-day training programme was "advances in diagnostics of infectious diseases of domestic animals". He said validated diagnostic tests were required for diagnosis of infectious diseases of domestic animals. "This challenge has become all the more significant due to closer proximity of animals to humans as more than 60% diseases are shared," he said.

He said under such a scenario, it demanded greater focus towards uniting pathogen-detection technologies that were rapid, accurate, cost effective, sensitive and specific.

Presiding over the inaugural function, Nita Khanna, director of research, emphasised that diagnostics being developed for domestic animals should have potential for automation and capability of being handy under the field situations so that the infectious diseases were easily diagnosed and their transmission prevented.

Course director Ajit Singh said the course was being attended by participants from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, J&K, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Haryana.

He said the course had a daily schedule composed of theory and practical lectures and was sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.