New Delhi: Brucellosis is also an important zoonotic disease of worldwide importance; people acquire the infection by consuming unpasteurized milk and other dairy products, and by coming in contact with the contaminated animal secretions and tissues. India is a brucellosis endemic country with approximately 3 to 5% of cattle and buffaloes, and ~4% sheep and goats are infected with Brucella abortus and Brucella melitensis respectively.
In the backdrop of issues mentioned above, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is organizing the “Brucellosis 2016 International Research Conference”, including the 69th Annual Brucellosis Research Meeting, which will be held at the National Agricultural Science Complex in New Delhi, India from November 17 to 19, 2016.
The conference aims to serve as the premier international forum for researchers, veterinarians, medical doctors, and public health professionals interested in all aspects of brucellosis. In addition to scientific presentations and discussions, the conference intends to create a climate for participants to exchange ideas and explore collaborations to address the challenges of controlling brucellosis in endemic countries.
There is an urgent need for addressing this important issue of not only livestock health and production, but also public health. India is world’s largest milk producer and hosts ~20% of the world livestock population. By organizing this Brucellosis Conference, Indian and International experts would benefit from discussing current understanding of the disease, vaccines and their effectiveness, control and eradication efforts. Brucella experts from all over the world will participate in this three-day International conference and exchange ideas to enhance our scientific understanding of the disease. This will help in the design of effective control strategies and potential eradication methods that are suitable for endemic countries as per the laws governing their livestock production systems.